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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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.

Politics | local | Environment | News

Opponents Dominate Hearing On Portland Rose Quarter I-5 Expansion Project

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.

Nation | Election | News | local | Politics

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley Seeks Re-Election, Won't Run For President In 2020

“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.  

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Norma Paulus, Pioneering Oregon Republican And Vote-By-Mail Advocate, Has Died

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.

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Brown Enjoys Post-Election Donation Boom — While Pushing Campaign Finance Limits

Many donors rush to give Gov. Kate Brown "make-up" money after backing her opponent, Republican Knute Buehler, in the last election.

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Oregon Secretary Of State Richardson Dies Following Struggle With Cancer

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.

Politics | Nation | News | local

3 Northwest Republicans Vote Against Trump On Emergency Declaration

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.  

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Oregon Republicans Wonder If They Can Dig Out Of Their Big Political Hole

The Oregon Republican Party will meet Saturday to elect its leaders after suffering big defeats in last year's elections.

Politics | Environment | Land use | local | Forestry | News

Devil's Staircase And Several Oregon Rivers Would Gain Protection Under Bill Passed By US Senate

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.

Economy | Communities | News | local | Politics

Supporters, Critics Pack 1st Oregon Hearing On Single Family Zoning

House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, and other supporters of the measure said it would play an important role in easing Oregon’s shortage of housing.

Politics | local | Environment | News

Bonamici Gains Spot On High-Profile Climate Change Panel

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici was named to House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on the same day that fast-rising freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced her New Green Deal resolution.

Politics | Nation | local | News | Family | Economy | Communities

What Should Oregon Look Like? The Fight Over Single-Family Zoning

With Oregon facing a housing crunch, House Speaker Tina Kotek seeks to channel more duplexes and triplexes to residential neighborhoods across the state.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Back To Work In The Oregon Legislature

In this week's episode of 'OPB Politics Now', OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes talk cap and trade and plastic straws, plus take a look at ways to make the Pacific Northwest more relevant in the 2020 presidential race.

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This Democratic Political Consultant Has His Finger On The Pulse Of Oregon Voters

After helping guide Gov. Kate Brown to re-election last year, Portland consultant Kevin Looper could help shape legislation likely to head to Oregon voters.

Economy | Nation | News | local | Politics

Oregon Legislators Look For Ways To Help Federal Workers

State leaders say they're looking for ways to help federal workers, both those on furlough and others who are being required to work for no pay. 

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Legislative Preview

The Oregon Legislature takes up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week. We’ll give you a quick rundown of the major issues.

Politics | Forestry | News | local

West Coast Governors, Trump Argue Over Wildfire Prevention Efforts

President Donald Trump sets off a tweet storm over wildfire policy with the three West Coast governors.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Walden Breaks GOP Ranks To Vote For Bill To End Shutdown

Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., says the fight over funding for a border wall doesn't need to spill over into unrelated government agencies in voting for a bill to end the shutdown.

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Gov. Kate Brown Backs Tighter Drunk-Driving Limit In Oregon

The Oregon governor said she wants to help Senate President Peter Courtney pass legislation to lower the current .08 percent blood-alcohol limit to .05 percent.

Nation | Election | News | local | Politics

Sen. Jeff Merkley Raises Doubts About Running For President

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., says he now plans to decide whether to run for president by the end of March.

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