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.


Wait Till Next Year

One, two, three strikes they’re out.

His Way or the Highway

Rick Perry’s Trans-Texas corridor conundrum.

Squeaker of the House

The Democrats and the Speaker.

Minority Report

What the Hispanic vote tells us.

Animal House

The wild and woolly Speaker’s race.

North Toward Dome

The best way to visit the Capitol, the state’s grandest public building, is to take the 45-minute guided tour. But there is much more to see if you know what to look for, and I’m going to tell you precisely that.

The Secret History

The real reason to worry about the Bush library.

More Power To Him?

Our weak governor asserts his strength.

A Bronx Tale

Ruth. Gehrig. Mantle. Jeter. Ohlendorf? All of Austin, and Texas, is waiting to see if one of the newest New York Yankees earns his ’stripes.

The Great Undoing

Impressions of the session.

Road Warrior

How Ric Williamson became public enemy number one.

Everything Is Illuminated

The Best and Worst list explained.

School for Scandal

Texas Southern University’s missed opportunity.

State of Flux

What 2008 means for Texas.

Left Behind

The Texas Education Agency flunks out.