Senior Political Reporter

Jeff Mapes


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."

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Recent Articles

Transportation | Politics | local | News

Washington Senator Wants Her State To Help Develop Oregon Tolling Plan

OPB | 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.

Politics | Communities | Nation | Economy | News

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon's Sanctuary Law Under Fire

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 12:44 p.m.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Portland this week, and railed against Oregon’s "sanctuary state" law.

Politics | local | News

Fight Over Oregon's 'Sanctuary Law' Brings Immigration Policy Battle To The NW

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 6 a.m.

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.

'OPB Politics Now': Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzaman made a surprise announcement — he won't run for reelection next year.

Politics | local | News

Former Oregon State Lawmaker Seeks Big Tax, Spending Changes

OPB | Sept. 13, 2017 3:19 p.m.

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.

Health | Politics | local | News | Nation | Economy

Jeff Merkley Co-Sponsors Bernie Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Legislation

OPB | Sept. 11, 2017 3:26 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley joins several fellow senators on the left side of the Democratic caucus in pushing for government-funded health care.

Politics | local | Nation | News

Herrera Beutler Casts Lone NW Vote Against Spending Agreement

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 3:56 p.m. | Portland

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 2017

Wildfire Funding Included In Hurricane Relief Bill Signed By President

OPB | 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.

local | News | Environment | Northwest Wildfires 2017

Western Wildfire Funding Attached To Hurricane Harvey Relief Bill

OPB | Sept. 7, 2017 4:01 p.m. | Portland

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 2017

'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

OPB | 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 | News

Rep. Greg Walden Is Oregon's Champion Of Self-Driving Cars

OPB | 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 | News

Oregon Sen. Merkley Hoping For More 'Climate Champions' In Texas After Harvey

OPB | 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.

Politics | local | News

Republican Buehler Raises $1 Million In 1st Month Of Gubernatorial Campaign

OPB | Sept. 4, 2017 7:15 a.m.

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has made a fast fundraising start since announcing his candidacy for governor on Aug. 3.

Politics | local | News

Attempt To Repeal Oregon Hospital Tax Appears To Partially Miss Its Target

OPB | Sept. 1, 2017 3:32 p.m.

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.

'OPB Politics Now': How Are We Going To Fix PERS?

OPB | Sept. 1, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is under pressure to reduce the state’s liability for the public pension system.

Politics | local | Economy | Business | News

Proposals To Cut State Pension Deficit Could Cost Oregonians

OPB | Aug. 28, 2017 2:41 p.m.

Proposals to reduce the Oregon public pension debt include several that would raise  taxes and fees and place higher costs on businesses.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Answers To Your Kicker Questions

OPB | Aug. 25, 2017 10:45 a.m.

What is the kicker, anyway? And what does it mean for you?

Politics | local | Economy | Business | News

Paul Ryan Delicately Handles Trump Questions During Intel Visit

OPB | Aug. 23, 2017 8:57 a.m. | Hillsboro, Oregon

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.

NW Life | local | Nation | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Gov Race Brings In The Money

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 8:54 a.m.

It's early, but big money is already flowing into the 2018 Oregon gubernatorial race.

Politics | local | Nation | News | Business

Is Multnomah County's Political Contribution Cap Constitutional?

OPB | Aug. 12, 2017 11:55 a.m. | Portland

Multnomah County voters last November passed strict limits on political contributions with the overwhelming support of 89 percent of voters. 


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