Senior Political Reporter
Jeff Mapes is a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Previously, Jeff covered state and national politics for The Oregonian for nearly 32 years. He has covered numerous presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and ballot measure campaigns, as well as many sessions of the Legislature, stretching back to 1985.
Jeff graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in journalism.
An avid bike commuter, Jeff is the author of the 2009 book, "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities."
Transportation | Politics | local | NewsOPB | Sept. 22, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Portland
Washington Sen. Patty Murray tells Oregon Gov. Kate Brown she wants Washington state and the city of Vancouver to be voting members on an Oregon congesting pricing committee.
Opponents of Oregon's "sanctuary law" are collecting signatures to put the issue on the ballot, and feelings are already running high on both sides.
Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzaman made a surprise announcement — he won't run for reelection next year.
Former state Rep. John Davis, R-Wilsonville, unveiled two proposed ballot measures Wednesday aimed at tax and budget issues — and the state's massive pension debt.
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., votes against hurricane aid and more because it included an increase in the federal debt limit.
NW Life | Politics | News | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Nation | Economy | Northwest Wildfires 2017OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 9:51 a.m.
Provisions replenishing the U.S. Forest Service's firefighting budget clears Congress as part of hurricane relief aid legislation.
As big fires batter Oregon, the state's U.S. senators make the case for more federal help.
NW Life | Politics | News | History | Environment | Nation | Economy | Northwest Wildfires 2017OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 2:56 p.m.
OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial, and environmental complexities of wildfire.
Technology | local | NewsOPB | Sept. 6, 2017 4:38 p.m.
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden has used his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to spur development of self-driving vehicles.
Politics | local | Environment | Climate change | Nation | NewsOPB | Sept. 4, 2017 7:59 p.m.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley says the flooding in Texas and this weekend's latest spate of fires in Oregon ought to disabuse skeptics of climate change.
Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has made a fast fundraising start since announcing his candidacy for governor on Aug. 3.
Backers of an Oregon referendum to repeal recently approved health-care taxes appeared to make a drafting error that reduces the amount of money at stake.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is under pressure to reduce the state’s liability for the public pension system.
What is the kicker, anyway? And what does it mean for you?
House Speaker Paul Ryan arrived at Intel’s Hillsboro, Oregon, facility Wednesday morning to talk about federal tax reform and other issues of concern to the manufacturing powerhouse.
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