Tough times, even politicians lose their shirts: Bare-chested politicians [SLIDESHOW]

Laura Donovan Contributor
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You can’t expect government officials to strip away your problems, but you can count on them to undress. That’s what Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock did in the June issue of Men’s Health, when he posed shirtless for the magazine cover. The fitness fiend is about to launch the “Fit for Summer, Fit for Life” challenge with the publication to encourage Americans to adopt healthy habits. Ample exercise can result in a trim figure, as you’ll see with some of the head-turning politicians below.

Schock definitely meets eye candy criteria, but not all of the men in our slideshow quite measure up. Regardless of appearance, we applaud any man brave enough to sensibly bare down in public. Meet the bare-chested bloviators who have shed their collars for the camera.