Capitol Abs

Paul Ryan, Barack Obama & More Shirtless Politicians (PHOTOS)

PX90 workout king Paul Ryan was photographed bare-chested. See more lawmakers who left their shirts at home.

Courtesy of TMZ; AP Photo (2)

Courtesy of TMZ; AP Photo (2)

Shirtless Politicians

Rick Santorum was snapped poolside in Puerto Rico. From Craigslist congressman Chris Lee to Russia’s Vladimir Putin, see more bare-chested wonders working in government.

Courtesy of TMZ

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan has made no secret about his love of the PX90 workout, but TMZ scored a photo of the vice-presidential nominee sans shirt—before his workout days. In a photo taken about six years ago on a family vacation in Oklahoma, Ryan was snapped bare-chested by a lake. A source told TMZ that Ryan has “always led a healthy lifestyle”; hence his killer abs.

Rick Santorum

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum was taking a brief respite from the campaign trail, soaking up some rays in Puerto Rico—which holds its closely watched primary Sunday—when a fellow vacationer snapped a picture of him and sent it to the blog Joe My God. Santorum confirmed the photo was real in a radio interview.

Aaron Schock

The Republican congressman from Illinois got a boost from this leaked photo, first posted by TMZ in March 2009. Schock revisited the photo leak on his own terms for the June 2011 issue of Men’s Health. The magazine deems him “the fittest man in Congress,” and he has the abs to prove it. Schock is also launching a “Fit for Summer, Fit for Life” challenge to help Americans take control of their health. “I think if you want to start talking about healthy lifestyles and staying in shape, then you yourself should do your best to try to be a model, an example to people you're trying to convince to do the same,” he explains, before letting readers in on what his “Schock-Your-Body Workout” entails.

Chris Lee

In one of the biggest recent political scandals Gawker revealed that the “Craigslist Congressman,” former New York Rep. Chris Lee, trolled the personal ads in the past for cross dressers. Lee resigned, hours after Gawker published shirtless photos Lee sent a woman he met via Craigslist. But it looks like that isn’t the whole story: Two D.C.-area transgendered women have come forward to Gawker, and each had a separate story about emailing photos with the ex-congressman. One woman, Fiona, said she confronted him about his true identity on Jan. 21—the day Lee claimed his email was hacked. The other, Holly, is a prostitute who eventually decided to send Gawker the emails she exchanged with Lee, writing “I kinda feel sorry for him at the moment.”

Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) spent a week alone on an island in the Pacific.

Alex Brandon / AP Photo

Barack Obama

The then-presidential candidate made headlines with this dip in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 14, 2008.

Doug Mills / AP Photo

Bill Clinton

The president took a vacation with his family at the Kahala Hilton in Honolulu on July 11, 1993.

Cosmopolitan; Josh Reynolds / AP Photo

Scott Brown

The Republican senator from Massachusetts won Cosmo’s “America’s Sexiest Man” contest in 1982.

Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service / AP Photo

Vladimir Putin

The ex–Russian president flexes in August 2007 at the Khemchik River in the Tuva region of Siberia, Russia.


Nicolas Sarkozy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on vacation at the Cap Negre of France, March 8, 2008.