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.


Finally, A Real Governor

Greg Abbott is off to a fast start—and that is good for Texas.

What Speaker's Race?

Joe Straus is safe–and he always was.

Red State

Texas is a Republican state and nothing is likely to change that in the foreseeable future.

Another Bush for President

Does Jeb Bush have a chance at the White House? Or is the family name too damaged?

The Problem With Prop 1

It provides such a meager amount of funding that it’s hardly worth the effort of putting it on the ballot at all.

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.