Brian D. Sweany

Brian D. Sweany was named editor in chief at Texas Monthly in July 2014. He began his career in journalism as an intern at the magazine in 1996, and before being promoted, he was a senior executive editor in charge of Texas Monthly’s political coverage. Born in Richardson and raised in Plano, Sweany earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of North Texas, in Denton, and a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Sweany has also worked as an assistant professor in the journalism department at Ithaca College, in New York, and as a senior editor at D Magazine, in Dallas. He is active in a number of civic and volunteer organizations, including serving on the board of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT and being named a Next Generation Fellow by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT-Austin. He lives in Austin with his wife, two children, and an ever-growing manuscript for The Kingdom of the Saddle, a biography of Charles Goodnight to be published by Penguin in the spring of 2015.


The Education of Tom Craddick

The future Speaker of the House had a secret weapon when he wanted to pass a bill in 1969: his Democratic roommates.

What Is a Boy Scout?

The board of the Boy Scouts of America was supposed to decide today whether to change its policy of excluding gay members. I hoped they would do the right thing. Instead they kicked the can down the road. (UPDATED)

The Wise Men: Pete Laney and Bill Ratliff

In the first conversation of a new interview series called “Out of Office,” the former Speaker of the House and the former lieutenant governor discuss their years in the Lege, how the Capitol has changed, and what to expect this session.

Party Like It’s 1989?

What the unanimous passage of HB 10 suggests about the mood of the 83rd Legislature.

Tuesday Night Lights

In the House of Representatives traditional flag football game, sports and politics collided on the grass of Kyle Field. Fortunately, the only things that got bruised were a few egos.

The Future of Texas

In a discussion about the future of Texas hosted by the LBJ Future Forum, four members of the Texas House of Representatives drilled down on policy issues surrounding public education.

Bills, Bills, Bills

An appreciation of the sixty days’ rule.

The Unveiling of George P. Bush

George P. Bush officially announced his campaign for statewide office Tuesday.

Polling the Boy Scouts of America

How would you vote on a survey that the BSA emailed to its members about its policy of banning openly gay members?

Return Fire

One day after the Legislature shows its support for UT president William Powers, the Board of Regents strikes back.

The Wallace Hall Interview

In an exclusive conversation with Texas Monthly, the controversial UT regent opens up about the board, the Legislature, and the future of UT-Austin president Bill Powers.

The Wise Men, Part II

Former Speaker of the House Pete Laney and former lieutenant governor Bill Ratliff size up the work of the 83rd Legislature—and make a few predictions along the way.

Greg Abbott Makes His Move

The longtime attorney general announces he’s running for governor and helps kickoff what will be a historic election cycle.

Gene Powell’s Letter to Jim Pitts

The Chairman of the UT System Board of Regents writes to the powerful state representative to defend the actions of Regent Wallace Hall and states that Pitts’s opinion of Hall “may have been intentionally mischaracterized.”

Walter White Meets LBJ

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will take on the role of Lyndon Johnson in a play next month titled "All the Way."