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.


The Wheels Come off Transportation Funding

Joe Straus’ statement on the failure of the House to agree on a solution to the state’s transportation needs is worth posting, because it lays bare the failure of the state’s leaders to address the real problem. 

What's Not Funny? Kinky Friedman

The news that Kinky Friedman is considering another run for statewide office is not really news. It is just sick comedy.

Governor Greg Abbott?

The Texas attorney general is widely considered to be running for governor, but what are his priorities?

A Step Toward Impeachment?

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met to discuss the possible impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall. 

"Cone Fatigue"

Will voters support a constitutional amendment for more spending on roads, after seeing all the construction that is going on?

Perry's Future

Where does the governor go from here?