Mayor Robert J. Lister
Mayor Bob Lister was first elected to the Portsmouth City Council as a councilor for 2010-2011, as Assistant Mayor for 2012-2013 and as Mayor for 2014-2015. His campaign issues have focused on affordable taxes, managing growth through "smart" development and engaging residents in the neighborhood committee and other boards and commissions.
Mayor Lister has been a resident of the Frank Jones Neighborhood since 1976 and prior was assigned to Pease Air Force Base from 1968-1974 in the New Hampshire Air National Guard, 157th Refueling Unit. He was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and graduated from Keene State College in 1976 with a degree in Elementary/Special Education, The University of New Hampshire in 1978 with a Master's Degree in Developmental Disabilities and received a Doctorate Degree in curriculum and staff development in 1981 from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mayor Lister retired from the Portsmouth School Department in 2009 after 34 years serving as a teacher, Special Education Director, Assistant Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools. Since that time, he has worked part-time with other school districts in interim positions. He has experience in teaching grant writing and education courses at the University level.
Mayor Lister has served as a Library Trustee, the Vision Commission, Taxi Commission, the PDA Liaison, the Veterans Committee and other city committees during his tenure. He has a focus on resident involvement in issues that affect the city, has coached local baseball and soccer teams, is a volunteer for Special Olympics, and serves on the Leadership Team for the Strafford County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Mayor Lister is married to Cindy McCabe Lister who is employed at New Franklin School. Together, they have 2 grown sons and 2 small grandchildren. Mayor Lister enjoys reading, fly-fishing, and ice hockey and enjoys downtown Portsmouth and the surrounding area year round with his family.