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.


Barton Springs Eternal

What was once a mere rural spring is now a crowded, langugorous, bare-skinned utopia.

The Real Governor of Texas

Wearing black robes, he swept into power and now rules from an office he will hold for life.

The Real Governor of Texas

Wearing black robes, he swept into power and now rules from an office he will hold for life.

Election Tip Sheet

The dark horses, heavy favorites, and close calls of this year’s big elections.

The Second Battle of the Alamo

Texas’ oldest city is heading for a political showdown, thanks to some newcomers to the power game.

The Ten Best and Ten Worst Legislators

We just rate them. You voted for them.

There Ought Not To Be a Law

There are two things you should never see being made: sausage and legislation. All in all, we’­d rather watch sausage.

All’s Fair in War

…but back home? Never.

The Party’s Over

The Lord giveth the beach and the developer taketh away.

Unsolved Crimes


The Best, the Worst, and the Fair-To-Middlin’

Rating the Texas Congressmen from number one to, sigh, number twenty-two.

Historical Markers You Will Never See

Sometimes the history books leave out the best part.

If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Oakland

When Billy Martin takes his Texas Rangers on the road, the games are among the least of their worries.

Power Politics

How Coastal State Gas pulled the plug on the Texas consumer.

The Best Show in Town

Here’s the plot for the legislature’s 140-day run, opening soon.