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

Perry Names New Communications Director

Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters.
Austin, TX. June 15, 2010. Perry spokesman Mark Miner flanked by Bill White supporters.

Gov. Rick Perry has hired Felix Browne, who worked for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, to replace communications director Mark Miner, who is leaving the governor's staff to work in the private sector. 

Analysis: On Education, Abbott Must Aim Carefully

Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks to press after voting in the primary on March 4th, 2014 at South Austin church. Abbott is running for the Republican nomination for Governor of Texas

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says he's looking “to make Texas the No. 1 education system in the United States within 10 years.” He has to find a way to suggest improvements while not criticizing his ally Rick Perry.

Analysis: For the GOP, This is the Year of the Hunter

Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.
Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, state Sen. Dan Patrick, state Rep. Dan Branch and state Sen. Ken Paxton.

The Republican establishment is finding itself in the role of the hunted, as conservatives — especially in statewide races — dominate the political conversation. 

Analysis: A Movable Definition of Conservative

From left to right, state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and former state Sen. David Sibley, R-Waco.
From left to right, state Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and former state Sen. David Sibley, R-Waco.

The Texas Senate's swing to the right started more than 20 years ago, when the incumbents' definition of extreme simply meant a Republican had entered the Capitol. Now some of those same Republicans are under fire for being too liberal.

Analysis: Runoffs Put Incumbents on the Brink

From left to right: U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, SBOE member Pat Hardy, state Rep. Stefani Carter and state Sen. Bob Deuell.
From left to right: U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, SBOE member Pat Hardy, state Rep. Stefani Carter and state Sen. Bob Deuell.

For political challengers, a runoff can be good news: They lived to fight another day. For incumbent officeholders, runoffs are fraught with the idea that voters are shopping for someone new.