Speaker Joe Hackney is an unusual pick for cover boy.
The Chapel Hill Democrat, a mustachioed cattle farmer and divorce lawyer, is not as good-looking as Brad Pitt, as charismatic as Will Smith or as omnipresent as Barack Obama.
But Governing magazine is not GQ, Entertainment Weekly or, um, every magazine currently in publication.
Still, it says he was not the "consensus choice."
He attributes that to his cleaner-than-thou image. "When you're running for speaker," he says, "that's a help with some people and a hindrance with others." But most members recognized the chance Hackney's reputation offered them to begin rebuilding public trust. He was elected speaker after four caucus ballots.
The article notes that Hackney has grown more business-friendly as his district has shifted away from Chapel Hill and into rural Chatham County, though he remains "perhaps the leading environmentalist" in the House.
It also says he's opened up the legislative process, allowing more time for debate and study and avoiding running roughshod over the Republican minority.