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."
As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue.
News | Transportation | Politics | localOPB | June 22, 2017 4:33 p.m. | Portland
Congestion pricing, which has long been promoted by transportation reformers, is a key issue in massive transportation bill facing an uncertain future in Oregon Legislature.
The federal investigation into former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has concluded with no criminal charges.
Both of Oregon's senators found themselves in the national spotlight this week.
News | Transportation | Politics | localOPB | June 13, 2017 3:15 p.m.
Senate transportation chief Lee Beyer said new draft of road-and-transit-funding bill will reduce proposed gas tax increases and revamp proposed bicycle tax.
We discuss the latest revenue-raising and cost-cutting proposals in Salem to close the $1.4 billion budget gap.
A new study finds that Oregon's "motor voter" program helped increase voter participation and drove turnout among younger, minority, rural and low-income voters.
President Donald Trump's proposal to privatize the Pacific Northwest's transmission grid is opposed by Democratic and Republican House members from Oregon and Washington.
In the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris accords, Gov. Kate Brown says Oregon is joining a coalition led by California, Washington and New York to fight climate change.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response to the stabbings on the MAX train brought up some serious questions about free speech vs. hate speech.
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, blasted President Donald Trump's dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.
We get an update on some familiar themes — Republicans in Congress voting on a health care bill, a Portland protest that turned into a riot, and talk about corporate taxes in the Oregon Legislature.
The bill was passed on a 217-213 vote and now goes to the Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.
The U.S. Senate has approved legislation overturning Obama-era regulations that encouraged state-run retirement plans.
The Republican congressman promised to protect people with pre-existing conditions from higher insurance rates, but critics say the new health care bill won't guarantee those protections.
Voters across the state are being asked to devote millions in new money for Oregon schools, while lawmakers try to come up with more education funding.