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.


State of Mind

On February 19, 1846, the flag was lowered on the Republic of Texas for the last time. Here’s a look back at what was our national interest, and all that it might have been.

Sorry, Charlie

The last of the LBJ-style Democracts, the rowdy and reckless Charlie Wilson has called it quits. A fond farewell.

Mrs. & Mrs. Bridge

Tobi Sokolow and Mildred Breed, two of the world’s expert cardplayers, have little in common—except a killer instinct.

Texas Twenty: Dick Armey

The man of the House.

Texas Twenty: Dealey Herndon

Dome, sweet dome.

The Best and the Worst Legislators 1995

From the respected to the rascally, our regular roundup of the session’s most renowned pols.

Four for Four

George W. Bush got elected governor by promising to focus on welfare, education, tort reform, and juvenile crime. After his first one hundred days, he’s batting a thousand.

The Art of Running for President

Phil Gramm is a world-class fundraiser, but it will take more than money to carry him to the White House in 1996.

More Power to Him

The office of governor is constitutionally weak, but don’t tell that to George. W. Bush.

George W. Bush and the New Political Landscape

How the Republicans took over Texas—and what it means.

Hard Times For Henry

Hounded by his ex-lover in Lubbock, pounded by his enemies in Washington, Henry Cisneros is in trouble—and its all on tape.

The Politics of Winning

In the final weeks, the governor’s race is too close to call. Here’s an analysis of what it will take to win.

John O’Quinn

The untouchable plaintiff’s lawyer.

John Hall

Making a clean sweep of Texas.

Bob Bullock

The real governor of Texas.