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: Paxton's Legal Trouble Puts Abbott in a Bind

State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
State senator Ken Paxton with supporters as he announces his win as the republican primary nominee for Attorney General on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

Ken Paxton's violation of securities law gives Sam Houston, his opponent in the race for attorney general, something to talk about for the next five months. It could also limit one of Greg Abbott’s lines of attack against Wendy Davis.

 

Analysis: Conservative Groups Enjoy Runoff Wins

State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, the Republican nominee for attorney general, celebrated his GOP primary win with supporters on May 27, 2014.

As Republicans and Democrats finalized their ballots Tuesday for November's general election, the GOP loaded many of its top spots with candidates promoted by the state’s Tea Party and social conservative groups.

It's Runoff Election Day

A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.
A Polling place in Austin, TX on March 4th, 2014.

It started late last year and finally ends today. The primary election runoffs are topped by four particularly noisy statewide Republican races, a couple more involving Democrats and a smattering of legislative contests.

Analysis: Ugly Histories Trump Campaign Promises

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick debated in Salado, Tx on May 20, 2014, ahead of the Republican primary runoff for lieutenant governor.

In this month's runoff elections, the candidates have concentrated on qualifications, personal history and reputation. Policy, for now, is taking a back seat.