Ah, politics. Politicians are expected to be leaders but all too often we find them caught up in crazy political scandals. These guys not only happen to be youngest but also some of the most handsome internationally known politicians. Some have been successful, some have been rocked by scandals, and some have even ended up in jail!
Forty-five-year-old Justin Trudeau is the current prime minister of Canada, he is a member of the country’s liberal party. Justin has a worldwide “cool” reputation. He is the second youngest Prime Minister to ever hold office. Justin’s father was also the Prime Minister at one time. The year before he was elected to office, Justin faced a scary home invasion.
In 2014, someone broke into his house while his wife Sophie Grégoire and the couple’s children were asleep. The intruder also left a “threatening note.” Nothing was actually stolen during the break in which made it all the more terrifying!
Aaron Schock is a thirty-five-year-old American politician, he is a Republican. He was formerly the United States Representative for Illinois’s 18th congressional district from 2009 until 2015. He was at one point the youngest member of Congress. However, his catapult to political fame was short-lived and unfortunately for Aaron came to a screeching halt after a scandal. He resigned in 2015 after Politico published an expose that said he was using money in questionable ways.
One such way was completing redoing his office in the manner of the period drama Downton Abbey. When confronted with the accusations he reportedly said, “Haters gonna hate.” He was later indicted by a federal grand jury on twenty-four criminal counts including theft of government funds, fraud, false statements, and false tax returns. He will face trial in July of 2017. Aaron is also rumored to be gay, which is in direct conflict with anti-gay policies he supports, for instance, he voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, prohibiting gay military members from outwardly sharing their sexuality. Aaron has denied the rumors but they still linger on.
Adam Kinzinger is a thirty-nine-year-old Republican politician. He has served as the representative for Illinois’ 16th district since 2010. Previous to his political career he was active duty Air Force. His military experience certainly came in handy back in 2006. Adam single-handedly wrestled a knife-wielding man to the ground who had already attacked a woman cutting her throat.
Adam was able to successfully disarm the perpetrator and was later named the Wisconsin Red Cross “Hero of the Year” and also was awarded the United States Air Force Airman’s medal, and the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for heroism. Adam said of the event, “The whole time it was, to me, kind of a done deal that I was going to get stabbed in the process, but I knew that this wasn’t something I could wake up to … every day with that memory that I watched her die.” Thankfully, the woman lived through the horrifying event.
Martin Heinrich is a forty-five-year-old Democratic Senator from New Mexico. Martin certainly possesses a good sense of humor and faith in partisan politics. Several years ago he appeared alongside Republic Senator Jeff Flake from the neighboring state of Arizona on a Discovery Channel reality show called Rival Survival.
The two senators traveled to the island Eru in the Marshall Islands. The two had to figure out how to survive for six days without having any help or resources. According to Martin, the two embarked on the trip to show that people from opposing parties can actually work together.
Fifty-five-year-old Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He was forty-seven years old when he first took office, which is rather young in comparison to the majority of past presidents. Obama was able to achieve quite a bit while in office, despite his constant opposition from the Republican party.
He was able to pass an initiative which enabled many people to have insurance for the first time with the imperfect Affordable Care Act. He also was a driving force in the legalization of gay marriage, which was considered by many to be a long overdue civil right. After Obama finished his second term he has been seen on a variety of vacations and certainly seems to be having a great time post-presidency.
Forty-nine-year-old Gavin Newsom is the lieutenant governor of California who will be running for the office of governor in 2018. Despite his young age, Gavin has been involved in politics for quite some time, previously serving as the mayor of San Francisco. During his tenure as mayor, Gavin faced somewhat of a scandal after it was revealed that he had an extramarital affair. In 2007 it came to light that he had an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk who also happened to be the wife of his former deputy chief of staff and campaign manager.
Husband of Ruby, Alex Tourk filed for divorce once the affair was made public, and it reportedly had a negative effect on Gavin’s popularity with male voters. Gavin was also married to news personality Kimberly Guilfoyle at the time, although the two might have already been separated at the time of the affair. Gavin later remarried to his current wife, actress Jennifer Siebel, and the two have three children together.
Democrat Eric Swalwell is a thirty-six years old Representative from California’s 15th district. Currently, he is on the House Intelligence committee which has received far more publicity than ever before with the investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign’s collusion with Russia. Eric Swalwell has publicly commented several times since the beginning of the investigation most recently called for the recusal of Devin Nunes, who was serving as the chair of the committee.
Eric also said, “This is what a cover-up to a crime looks like.” Nunes reportedly received information from the White House but refused to share it with his fellow committee members of both parties. Ultimately, Nunes did recuse himself after being investigated for ethics violations.
Enrique Peña Nieto
Fifty-year-old Enrique Peña Nieto is the current president of Mexico. He has been the president since 2012 when he was forty-five years old. Mexico has been an embattled country for some time particularly due to large-scale government and police corruption and the overrunning of various states by drug cartels.
The cartel’s main customer is the United States. Enrique is largely disliked by the Mexican people, and it is often cited that they find him to be weak on various issues of importance. It certainly did not help when he was caught up in a scandal surrounding a conflict of interest in a $7 million home buying scandal. He was cleared of wrongdoing however later apologized to the Mexican people because it lessened their confidence in his presidency.
Duncan D. Hunter
Duncan D. Hunter is a forty-year-old US Representative that represents California’s 50th district in the San Diego County area. He is a republican. In 2016 he was accused of misappropriating campaign funds for personal use. The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) began an investigation. Specifically, his wife Margaret worked as Duncan’s campaign manager and shared a campaign credit card which charges came under speculation.
Some of the things purchased include $1,302 for video games, a donation to their son’s school, and seeing an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Duncan later publicly said that he would correct any misappropriated funds and repaid his campaign $60,000. However, the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) recommended that the Ethics Committee conduct a full investigation. In March 2017, it was announced that he was under investigation by the Department of Justice.
Michael Grimm is a forty-seven-year-old former United States Congressman who served from 2011 to 2015 in New York’s 13th district. He is a Republican, former FBI agent, businessman, attorney, and former U.S. Marine. He is also now a convicted criminal. In 2014, he was charged with 20 counts of fraud, federal tax evasion, and perjury.
He later reached a plea deal and pleaded guilty to a single count of felony tax fraud. He “acknowledged committing perjury, hiring illegal immigrants, and committing wire fraud.” He resigned from Congress and was sentenced to eight months in prison and was released in May of 2016. He has said that he is currently writing a book about his life.
Cedric Richmond is a forty-three-year-old US Representative who has represented Louisiana’s second district since 2011. He has faced a few scandals over the years including arguing with Republicans over a painting to hang at the Capitol in which the police are depicted as pigs. His argument is that many other times of art might also be removed dependent upon who finds them offensive.
More recently, he came under fire after he made a crude joke referring to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway after commenting on the controversial photograph in which she kneeled in a skirt without her shoes on the couch in the Oval Office. He said, “I really just want to know what was going on there because she really looked kind of familiar there in that position there. But don’t answer. And I don’t want you to refer back to the ’90s.” He later clarified his remarks saying that she was behaving “too comfortably” in the situation.
Rafael Correa is the current President of Ecuador, which he has served as since 2007. When he first took office, he was forty-four years old. He has also served as president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. He came to much notoriety in the United States after Ecuador was said to have accepted Edward Snowden who was on the run after leaking classified NSA documents.
Snowden never arrived in Ecuador and is said to be located in Russia currently. Since the international spotlight and controversy, President Correa has said that the temporary travel document issued was a “mistake.”
Max Engling is still at the beginning of his political career, but even at his young age, he has accomplished more than most. Since January of 2017, he has served as the Staff Director of the Franking Commission for the Committee on House Administration. Before his foray into politics, Max worked as a male model.
He was seen in a variety of modeling campaigns including for Kohl’s, Sears, and even a commercial for Subway. He decided to end his modeling career and use his degree in political science. Of his former career, he said, “You felt like you weren’t creating anything. Your time wasn’t necessarily going to a good cause.”
Scott Brown is certainly not the youngest politician on the list at fifty-seven, however like Max Engling he was first a male model back in the 1980s. Scott was a Massachusetts senator from 2010 to 2013, and also spent thirty-five years serving in the National Guard until he retired in 2014 as a colonel.
Sadly, Scott is also no stranger to political scandal. He was accused by Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News correspondent, of making sexually suggestive comments to her as well as physically touching her without her consent. While Scott denied the allegations it certainly couldn’t bode well for his home life as he is currently married to another reporter named Gail Huff.
Marco Rubio is a US senator for Florida and he also ran for the Republican ticket for the 2016 presidential election. Marco is a Republican and it was recently revealed that in addition to focusing on the Democratic National Convention, the Russians also reportedly attacked Marco Rubio’s campaign in order to get Donald Trump the Republican ticket for the presidency.
He has also been critical, unlike others of the Republican party, of a some of Donald Trump’s actions thus far in the presidency including his selection of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of States. Marco is still quite young, so it’s likely we will see him throw his hat in the ring another time for the presidency.
Forty-year-old Ben Quayle is the son of former Vice President of the United States Dan Quayle. Dan Quayle was the Vice President for George H.W. Bush. Like his father, Ben is a Republican and previously represented Arizona as a US representative for the state’s 3rd district. However, he later lost the position in re-election in 2012. He currently works for the lobbyist company Clark Hill.
The lobbying firm has previously been criticized and accused of taking kickbacks however it does not appear any real consequences have arisen from the claims. Ben has not made any statements of trying for re-election but it seems likely he would continue to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Sean Duffy is a forty-five-year-old Congressman representing the 7th district of Wisconsin. Sean is also a former reality star of the early days, he was seen in the The Real World Boston, Road Rules, and Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
Even back during the show he was a Republican and hasn’t seemed to stray too far from his views. He also married another Real World alum, Rachel Campos who appeared on The Real World: San Francisco, which was arguably one of the most famous seasons of the show. They met while filming another MTV show, Road Rules Allstars, and the rest was history. The two now have a whopping eight children together!
Pete Buttigieg is thirty-five years old and is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is the youngest mayor of a city with a population of more than 100,000 people. He is a veteran who served in the Navy and during the war in Afghanistan, he is still in the Naval reserve and is a lieutenant.
Pete is also very academically impressive as he graduated from Harvard University where he was a Rhodes scholar. In 2015, he penned an essay which also revealed that he was gay. Notably, current Vice President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana at the time in which Buttigieg publicly came out. Pence is known for supporting legislation that goes against the LGBTQ community.
Julián and Joaquin Castro
Julián Castro served as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Previous to his work with the Obama Administration he was the mayor of his hometown, San Antonio, Texas since 2009. He was also said to be considered to be Hillary’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.
Julián has a twin brother who is also in politics, Joaquin Castro. Joaquin is currently a US representative for Texas’ 20th congressional district. Joaquin serves on the House Intelligence committee and was recently interviewed to say that associates of Trump would be facing prison in reference to the investigation into the collusion with Russia. We’re sure to see more on the political spectrum in years to come from this dynamic duo!
Joseph P. Kennedy III
What would a political list be without a Kennedy? Joseph P. Kennedy III is currently serving as US representative for the state of Massachusetts 3rd congressional district. Joseph is the grandson of the late Bobby Kennedy, grandnephew of JFK, and son of former representative Joe Kennedy II. To say that politics is in his blood would be an understatement.
It has been rumored that Joseph plans to run for governor of Massachusetts in 2018 although no concrete announcements have been made at this point. He is a democrat like the rest of his family and has been critical of various policies implemented by Donald Trump. Specifically, the most recent missile strike against Assad in Syria, after the use of chemical weapons, was a “half-step” if it didn’t address how to help refugees fleeing such tragic conditions.
Thirty-eight-year-old Seth Moulton is currently a US Representative for Massachusetts 6th congressional district. He is also a former Marine Corp officer. He appeared in the 2007 documentary called No End In Sight, which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Notably, Seth criticized the occupation of Iraq as well as the way in which the government was dealing with said occupation. The film, in a nutshell, dealt with Seth and others like him who had become disillusioned with the war, the goals of the American government specifically the Bush Administration. It also criticized the administration for failing to heed advice from experienced outsiders which shows negatively impacted the country and citizens of Iraq.
Emmanuel Macron Married His Teacher
Many boys have a crush on their school teacher, so French politician Emmanuel Macron was not alone in that. However, very few go on to marry their teacher, which he did. The man who won the first round in the 2017 French election to become president told his high school teacher when he was 17 years old that he would marry her some day. However, with a 25 year age gap, she was married with three kids, and Macron’s father told her to stay away, at least until his son was 18 years old. “I cannot promise you anything,” she told him.
Eventually, the teacher, Brigitte Trogneux divorced her husband, and the former teacher – student duo became married. He was 29 at the time, while she was 54. Now 39 years old, Macron has a good chance of becoming France’s next president, with his wife Brigitte at his side.
Prime Minister Throws Elbow & “Manhandles”
In May of 2016 lawmakers met at the Canadian House of Commons where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got fed up and then got out of line in what some are calling “unprecedented physical interaction.” Trudeau angrily approached the opposition bench, and forcibly grabbed and “manhandled” Gord Brown by the arm and pulled him towards his seat. While he shoved his way through the group of lawmakers, he threw an elbow into the chest of a member of the parliament named Ruth Ellen Brosseau. A Canadian lawmaker who stood nearby the incident loudly yelled at Trudeau, “What kind of man elbows a woman? It’s pathetic!” The two then exchanged words in front of everyone.
CBC News reported that MP Peter Van Loan said, “I witnessed as [Trudeau] strode across the floor with an anger fierce, in his face and eyes, towards a group of individuals. What took place was the prime minister physically grabbing people, elbowing people, hauling them down the way.”