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."
Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed
A task force on Oregon's massive public pension debt wants to prod the 900 government agencies in the state to more aggressively tackle the problem.
Economy | local | Transportation | NewsOPB | Oct. 13, 2017 7 a.m. | Portland
A $450 million project to upgrade Interstate 5 at Portland's Rose Quarter has uncertainties about its costs, the prospect of tolls and whether the state should embark on a major freeway project in the middle of the city.
We talk about where the battle lines are being drawn and dig into the history of Portland's difficult relationship with freeway projects.
State Rep. Knute Buehler, the leading Republican candidate for governor, makes it clear he'll be on the opposite side of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown on guns and health care taxes.
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, Oregon's governor says she wants to pursue two gun measures that failed in this year's legislative session.
This time, we dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time: gun control and health care.
A new Oregon law allowing judges to temporarily revoke the gun rights of people found to be at "extreme risk" of violence can now go into effect in January.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden may be the ranking Democrat on a key tax committee, but he's getting bypassed by President Trump and Senate Republican leadership.
We ask if we've seen the last of the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and get a status update on the effort to repeal a new state tax on health care providers.
local | Transportation | NewsOPB | Sept. 25, 2017 2:15 p.m.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown directed her transportation officials Monday to give Washington a voice in a new congestion pricing plan being developed for the Portland area.
local | Transportation | Politics | 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.
Economy | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | News | Politics | Environment | 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.