The dean of the Capitol press corps, senior executive editor Paul Burka joined the staff of Texas Monthly one year after the magazine’s founding, in 1973. For nearly forty years he has led the magazine’s political coverage and spearheaded its storied roundup of the Best and Worst Legislators each biennium. A lifelong Texan, he was born in Galveston, graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in history, and received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Burka is a member of the State Bar of Texas and spent five years as an attorney with the Texas Legislature, where he served as counsel to the Senate Natural Resources Committee.
Burka won a National Magazine Award for reporting excellence in 1985 and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and teaches at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a frequent guest discussing politics on national news programs on MSNBC, Fox, NBC, and CNN.
On the first full day of the Dan Patrick era, he makes his mark on the Senate.
The dean of the Capitol press corps announces his upcoming retirement from TEXAS MONTHLY.
Texas is a Republican state and nothing is likely to change that in the foreseeable future.
Does Jeb Bush have a chance at the White House? Or is the family name too damaged?
It provides such a meager amount of funding that it’s hardly worth the effort of putting it on the ballot at all.