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.


My "Primary Lessons"

If 2014 is the year everything is supposed to change in Texas politics, why do the campaigns feel so irrelevant?

The Problems of Wendy Davis

The missteps aren’t just by the candidate. They are by the campaign.

Primary Lessons

If 2014 is the year everything is supposed to change in Texas politics, why do the campaigns feel so irrelevant?

Scott Turner and the Speaker's Race

What does the math of a speaker’s race show? Joe Straus is nearly impossible to beat.

Red McCombs Is Sorry

Red McCombs proves that money doesn’t buy brains when it comes to UT football.

The Steve Stockman Non-Story

News flash: Steve Stockman has no chance to beat John Cornyn. So why is the media writing all of these stories?

A "Crisis" at Texas A&M

A fight over the interim president grips Texas A&M.

The Lieutenant Governor's Debate

One stage, four candidates, and countless opportunities to try to burnish credentials. 

A Perry-Sharp Rivalry at Texas A&M?

Is is Rick Perry versus John Sharp when it comes to naming an interim president at Texas A&M?

David Dewhurst and the Money Monopoly

The lieutenant governor flexes his financial muscle.

Late Filings

What the late filings mean for 2014.

Notes on the 2014 Primary

Who is safe–and who is in danger–in the 2014 primary?