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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

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': Vera Katz’s Legacy, Wheeler’s Handling Of Homelessness

Host Julie Sabatier is joined by OPB news director Anna Griffin and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, and Dirk VanderHart of the Portland Mercury.

Politics | Health | News | local

Campaigns Present Competing Narratives On Oregon Health Care Measure

Supporters and opponents of a proposed health care tax on the Oregon ballot disagree about impact on Medicaid recipients.

Politics | News | local

Aide: Walden Agreed To Give Up Spot On Tax Conference Committee

The spokesman for Oregon Rep. Greg Walden on Friday clarified the circumstances around the congressman's exit from the conference committee on the Republican tax-cut bill.

News | Environment

'OPB Politics Now': Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? 

Politics | Nation | News

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader Casts A Rare Democratic Vote For Concealed Carry Gun Bill

Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon was one of just six Democrats voting Wednesday for a bill that would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to carry in all states.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden Is Now Off Conference Committee On Tax-Cut Bill

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is being replaced on the tax bill conference committee by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan.

Economy | Business | News | Technology | local

Futurist Warns: 'Make Oregon Robot Proof'

Oregon’s top political and business leaders learned Monday that many of the state's jobs could be lost to automation in coming years.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': OHA Audit Shows Millions Misspent

According to the audit, the agency has failed to enact rigorous financial controls and properly determine who is eligible for coverage.

News | Forestry | local | Land | Environment | Politics | Nation

Harrowing Wildfire Season Ends, But Political Debate Burns On

Congress remains embroiled in a high-stakes environmental debate over how to reduce the growing threat of catastrophic blazes in Western forests and rangelands.

Economy | Nation | News | Transportation | local

Portland Region Officials Begin Work On Congestion Pricing Tolling Plan

An Oregon Department of Transportation advisory committee is supposed to recommend a tolling plan by June.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': Kruse And Kitzhaber Back In The Spotlight

We discuss three very different stories of Oregon politicians in the news this week.

Politics | Election | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': Election Wrap-Up

We break down the most important election results in Oregon and Washington.

Politics | Nation | local | News | Environment

Former Legislator From The Dalles Wins Job With Trump Administration

Huffman left the Oregon House in October after 10 years to become Oregon's director of rural development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': Last-Minute November Ballot Cheat Sheet

Haven't voted yet? No problem. We dig into the important issues on Oregon and Washington ballots due Nov. 7. 

Economy | Politics | News | local

How GOP Tax Cut Bill Could Raise Oregon State Income Taxes

The Republican tax cut bill in Congress could have a surprising impact in Oregon if it becomes law.

Politics | local | News | Forestry | Environment

US House Approves Forest Management Changes After Devastating Wildfire Season

The proposed changes to public land management faces tough sledding in the Senate, where Democrats blocked similar legislation last year.

Politics | News | local

Oregon's Top Elected Officials Maintain Positive Approval Ratings, Poll Says

Voters continue to be more likely to give positive job approval marks to Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Gov. Kate Brown.

Economy | Politics | Business | News | local

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Takes A Lead Role In Fighting GOP Tax Plan

The full plan is expected to be unveiled in the House on Wednesday.  But just the rough sketches have been enough to turn Wyden into a leading opponent.

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': Sexual Harassment In Salem

The current nationwide discussion about sexual harassment that started with allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread far and wide, including to the Oregon Capital. 

Politics | News | local

'OPB Politics Now': What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?

Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed