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

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Sponsors Of Anti-Sanctuary State Measure Say Petitioning Setback Won't Stop Oregon Ballot Drive

A tough-on-immigration group says it will have to toss about 8,000 signatures it collected on a measure to repeal Oregon's sanctuary law.

News | local | Politics | Election | Health

If Measure 101 Fails, Cuts Could Range From Health Care To Schools

If Measure 101 fails, it will be up to legislators in February to decide how to come up with up to $320 million to protect health care for more than a million Oregonians.

News | Politics | Election | local

'OPB Politics Now': Understanding Measure 101

We explain what Measure 101 would do and dig into what opponents and proponents are saying ahead of the Jan. 23 vote.

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'OPB Politics Now': A Look Ahead At 2018

Who will be Oregon’s next governor? Should any Congressional representatives worry about midterm elections? Will Oregon highways get tolls?

News | Nation | Politics | local

Rep. Greg Walden Navigates Newfound Power, Trump Backlash

Oregon's only congressional Republican, Rep. Greg Walden, has more influence than he's ever had before. But he's also getting criticism like never before.

News | Politics | local

'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Train Travel

We discuss the political fallout from Monday's deadly Amtrak crash near Tacoma, Washington, and how the GOP tax bill will affect Oregonians.

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New Census Figures Show Oregon Still On Track For 6th Congressional Seat

Oregon was on the cusp of gaining a sixth congressional seat after the 2010 Census. But the state appears to have a strong chance of getting one after the 2020 Census.

News | Economy | Politics | local

Oregon House Members Divide Along Partisan Lines On Tax Vote

While Democrats worried about the impact of the House bill on Oregon, Republican Greg Walden says he is convinced it will spur the economy.

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'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.

News | local | Politics | Health

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.

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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? 

News | Nation | Politics

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.

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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.

News | Technology | Economy | Business | 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.

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'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.

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

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.

Nation | News | Transportation | Economy | 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.

News | Politics | 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.

News | Politics | Election | local

'OPB Politics Now': Election Wrap-Up

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

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