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.


Seasons to Remember

The end of the Southwest Conference was predictable, but for eighty years it gave Texas fans a brand of football that was anything but.

Sadder but Wiser

What’s eating Ann Richards? As her reelection campaign finally gets in high gear, the governor seems to be fighting a case of the mopes.

The Temptation of Williamson County

Why Austin’s suburban neighbors to the north wouldn’t take a bite out of Apple Computer.


If you think you’ve seen the worst of crazy, corrupt South Texas politics, you haven’t been to Eagle Pass.

The Trials of Senator Sweet

Did Kay Bailey Hutchison do what she’s accused of—or did Democratic Party officials hatch a conspiracy to get her?

More Than Myth

John Connally’s forgotten legacy.

The Best and Worst Legislators 1993

Our biennial boosting and bashing of the state’s most beguiling politicians.

The Little Engine That Might

From Paris to Dallas, everyone’s asking, Will the bullet train ever get on track?

Bill’s Bungle

By not contesting Texas in the presidential campaign, Bill Clinton did more than throw away votes in 1992. He hurt the prospects of Texas Democrats in 1994 and beyond.

Honesty is the Best Politics

When you hold public office, the differnece between truth and fiction is more than a matter of degrees. Ask Lena Guerrero.

“Read My Lips: No New Texas”

George H. W. Bush has given Texas the Republican convention—and little else.

Perot in ‘92?

It’s his race to win—or lose.

“This Is the Alamo!”

If Congressman Charlie Wilson has his way, the humble wood chip will be the focus of a trade war between East Texas and Japan.

What a Dish!

We cleaned our plate at restaurants across Texas. Here are the results: 66 irresistible specialties of the house.

The Best and the Worst Legislators 1991

We bring you the heroes and the villains of the Capitol circus. Guess which list had more contenders?