Mayor Rick BeckstedRick Becksted was elected Mayor of Portsmouth in November 2019, receiving the highest number of votes among the 9 City Councilors elected. He was first elected to the City Council in 2017 and served as the Council’s representative on: the Citywide Neighborhood Committee, the Pease Development Authority, the Rockingham Planning Commission and the Recreation Board (of which he was a member for four years).

He served on the Portsmouth Little League Board of Directors for six years and coached and managed both youth baseball and football. His children attend Portsmouth public schools. A virtually-lifelong resident of Portsmouth (36 of 48 years), Rick is a self-employed contractor with a special love for historic buildings.

While campaigning last fall, Rick was asked what, in his view, were the most significant challenges facing Portsmouth. He replied “I know it’s important to be looking at the future, and goals 10 or 20 years from now, but I’m more concerned about the next two to four years.”  

Rick Becksted

Mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Contact Information

Mayor's Office

1 Junkins Ave, 
Portsmouth, NH 03801 
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If you would like to meet with the Mayor, please call (603) 610-7200 to schedule a time.