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 Life and Fines of Nathan Hecht

Nathan Hecht, the recently sworn-in Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, is a disgrace: a judge who ignores the spirit of the law.

The Legacy of T.R. Fehrenbach

The popular historian leaves behind an impressive body of work.

Where's Wendy (Part II)?

For the second time this election season, I have to ask: Where’s Wendy Davis?

MQS and Those "Terribly Liberal Republicans"

Michael Quinn Sullivan looks to be a main protagonist in the Republican Civil War.

Leticia Van de Putte Enters the Race

State senator Leticia Van de Putte throws her hat in the ring for lieutenant governor.

Final Thoughts on Nov. 22, 1963

What we learned about Dallas that fateful day.

New Life for Todd Staples (Or, Bad News for David Dewhurst)

Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples is showing new signs of life in his race for lieutenant governor.

Bowl of Dread

I was aghast when chili was first anointed our official state dish. More than 35 years later, my feelings about this greasy mush haven’t changed.

Speculation on the Assassination

Why Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

Rick Perry, Mike Toomey, and the Texas Enterprise Fund

What are the potential conflicts of interest in the Texas Enterprise Fund involving a close friend of Rick Perry’s?

Democratic Challenges

Democrats look to take a shot at at least two incumbent Republicans in the Legislature in 2014.

Where's Wendy?

The gubernatorial candidate hasn’t been seen much on the campaign trail.

Advice for David Dewhurst

What the lieutenant governor is doing is not what he should be doing if he wants to win in 2014.

Obama's Collapse

He is on the verge of becoming a complete failure as president.

Greg Abbott's Agenda

The attorney general’s latest revelation of his campaign platform represents a continuation of his tea-party oriented campaign.