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."
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has quietly become the first member of the state’s current congressional delegation to stop taking money from corporate political action committees.
The governor's sweeping plan seeks to shield Oregon school districts from continuing increases in public pension rates.
Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said Tuesday that he will run against Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader in next year’s Democratic primary.
Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.
Former Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski is leading a new initiative drive that would ask voters to reduce some public employee retirement benefits to help reduce the costs of the financially troubled pension system.
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Metro Chair Lynn Peterson joins with the Albina Vision Trust in pushing for major changes to Interstate 5 improvement project in Rose Quarter area of Portland.
Oregon legislators took the first step Wednesday toward asking voters to amend the state Constitution to allow donation limits on political campaigns.
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The Columbia River Crossing still lives — at least in the traffic projections of the Oregon Department of Transportation.
In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.
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The Oregon Department of Transportation took flak for an environmental assessment that opponents say present a sugar-coated view of the big project to add lanes on Interstate 5 near Portland's Rose Quarter.
“My best contribution is to run for re-election and do everything I can to help the Senate be a full partner in addressing the problems before us,” Merkley said in a 4-minute video.
Norma Paulus, who served as Oregon’s first female secretary of state and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1986, died early Thursday in a Portland care facility.
Many donors rush to give Gov. Kate Brown "make-up" money after backing her opponent, Republican Knute Buehler, in the last election.
Dennis Richardson, the first Republican to hold the Oregon secretary of state’s office in nearly four decades died following a battle with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday morning.
Three Northwest Republican lawmakers parted ways with President Donald Trump Tuesday and voted to block his attempt to fund a border wall through an emergency declaration.
The Oregon Republican Party will meet Saturday to elect its leaders after suffering big defeats in last year's elections.
A massive public lands bill includes protection for the Devil's Staircase wildlands in southern Oregon and for numerous rivers and streams in the state.