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.


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The Future of Public Ed (Begins in About Five Minutes)

The House will take up HB 5 on the floor today and will debate whether the measure is sufficiently rigorous to achieve college readiness.

Will Straus Run Statewide?

Last Thursday Joe Straus announced the hiring of Lindsey Parham as a senior adviser, a move that suggests he may have long-term ambitions beyond this session and, perhaps, beyond the speakership.

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The Washington Post Weighs in on Testing

It isn’t often that a major national newspaper shines a light on a state’s educational system, but this is what the Washington Post’s editorial board did on April 7.

Potential Fallout Over Travis County DA's DUI Arrest

The DUI arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg could have far-ranging consequences.

The Legacy of Bob Perry

Bob Perry, the Houston homebuilder and mega contributor to Republican causes and, in the 2004 presidential race, the Swift Boat Vets, passed away at him home this weekend at the age of 80.