Ross Ramsey Executive Editor

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ross was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy and director of communications with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Before that, he reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as its Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers. Ross got his start in journalism in broadcasting, covering news for radio stations in Denton and Dallas.

Recent Contributions

Analysis: On the Democratic Ticket, Watch the Co-pilot

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte D-San Antonio, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, hugs one of her grandsons during a campaign event on June 4, 2014, in Austin.

Democrats in Texas are busy talking up their ticket, and most of that conversation has been about Wendy Davis, their nominee for governor. But Leticia Van de Putte, running for lieutenant governor, looks like the crowd favorite.

In Border Crisis, Perry Finds a Political Advantage

Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.
Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.

While the federal and state governments squabble over what to do about immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry is scoring political points on an issue of high importance to Republican voters.

Analysis: Is That Any Way to Attract Gringos?

Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.
Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, speaking at the Texas Democratic Party convention on Friday, referred to the GOP using Spanish profanity. The line drew gasps and laughs from the audience and anger from conservatives.

Inside Texas Politics: Border Surge

(L-R) WFAA-TV's Jason Whitely, Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on June 29, 2014.
(L-R) WFAA-TV's Jason Whitely, Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on June 29, 2014.

On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, we talked about the surge of immigrants at the border, Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass and the start of the general election campaign.

Texas Democrats Adopt 2014 Platform

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis in a crowd of supporters at the Democratic state convention on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis in a crowd of supporters at the Democratic state convention on June 27, 2014.

Like the Republicans before them, Texas Democrats ended their state convention by voting out a platform. Unlike the Republicans, they put it on the internet right away for curious political junkies. 

Dallas County Preparing for 2,000 Immigrant Children

A Guatemalan flag in the window of the Hackney Training Complex at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas where hundreds of minors are currently housed. Texas has seen a dramatic increase in minors crossing the border into the US
A Guatemalan flag in the window of the Hackney Training Complex at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas where hundreds of minors are currently housed. Texas has seen a dramatic increase in minors crossing the border into the US

Dallas County could house up to 2,000 immigrant children now being held by the Department of Homeland Security on the Texas-Mexico border, County Judge Clay Jenkins said at the Texas Democratic Party’s convention on Saturday.

Texas Democrats Rally Around Davis, Van de Putte

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis (r.) and lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 27, 2014.

In speeches that combined homespun biography and harsh political attacks, Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte accepted the Texas Democratic Party's nominations for governor and lieutenant governor.