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

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Tan on Ron Paul's small-state strategy, Root on Rick Perry's Super PAC, M. Smith on a state education official's sudden distaste for student testing, Ramshaw and Tan on the back and forth over Komen Foundation funding for Planned Parenthood, Philpott on an ugly state budget forecast, Murphy's interactive look at the tax returns of U.S. Senate candidates, Hamilton on basketball and academics, Grissom on the latest developments in the Michael Morton saga, Galbraith on waves of money coming to clean up Texas beaches and Aaronson's interactive on the uninsured in Texas: The best of our best content from January 30 to February 3, 2012.

Redistricting: Phone a Friend

This week, the redistricting judges in Washington did the judges in San Antonio a favor, telling them the D.C. panel won't be ruling on its part of the case for a month. The Texans can start drawing maps.

Democrats Wait for the Political Winds to Change

Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.
Former State Rep. Paul Sadler, D-Henderson, shown here at the Texas Capitol in May, 2001, has announced a run for U.S. Senate.

Every Texas Democrat who has run for statewide office in the last 18 years has been defeated. Every Democrat on the ballot this year hopes to bust that slump. But Republicans in Texas have suffered a longer drought than what Democrats are currently facing.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Tan and Dehn talk to some of Gov. Rick Perry's allies about his return to Texas, Aaronson maps (interactively!) the insured and the uninsured among us, E. Smith's TribLive interview with state Rep. David Simpson on Perry's race and TSA pat-downs, M. Smith on a Texas school so broke it's shutting down sports, Whitney on a split in the legal community over divorce forms, KUT's Philpott on abuse in state hospitals, Ramshaw reports on the governor's decision not to repay taxpayers for protection during his presidential campaign and Aguilar on the state's attempts to put its voter ID law in force: The best of our best content from January 23-27, 2012.

Campaign Chatter

Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

Nobody said running for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas was cheap. A (partial) release of Ted Cruz's finances, and other political news from around the state.