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 Skunk at the Garden Party

Michael Quinn Sullivan, the Texas Ethics Commission, and the federal courts.

The Confederate License Plate

Are we on the way to becoming Alabama?

Bill Powers's Exit

What does his resignation really mean?

Robert Duncan's Exit

Texas Tech’s gain is the Legislature’s loss.

"Honey, Let's Go Look for Dangerous Chemicals Tonight"

Wendy Davis wins a round over Greg Abbott.

Road to Nowhere

Why Texas is stuck with its transportation policy.