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 Dewhurst Resignations

Are they the final nail in the coffin for the lieutenant governor?

Bullet Train Dreams

Can high-speed rail ever work in Texas?

The Property-Tax Problem

Glenn Hegar’s proposal to eliminate property taxes in Texas could result in a huge spike in the sales tax.

A Bright Spot for Democrats

Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, posted a strong showing in the March 4th primary

Unelected Judges

Ted Cruz should know better than to lambast federal judges for being unelected

Lost Causes

David Dewhurst should give up his bid for re-election. 

Perry's Constitutional Philosophy

The governor gave a rousing speech, but his interpretation of the Constitution is too narrow

What We Learned

The voters have spoken (loudly) in the primary election. Where do we go from here?

Primary Day 2014

A real-time view of an election in which the tea party flexed its muscles.