Paul Burka

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.


Voter ID Struck Down

A federal judge in Corpus Christi called the state’s voter ID law “an unconstitutional poll tax”

Abbott's Fundraising

The war chest matters in 2014, but it sets the tone in 2018.

Davis for the Win

The final debate in the 2014 governor’s race is over, and the winner was clear-cut.

Patrick v. Van de Putte

The candidates’ true colors were on full display.

Out to Pasture

Paul Burka on Jim Hogan and the plight of the Democrats.

Abbott and the Money Machine

He’s still raising money for his race for governor. And it’s not because he’s worried about Wendy.

Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls

Why Republicans should listen to what female voters are saying.