Mayor of Beaufort
Billy Keyserling is a Beaufort native who graduated from Brandeis University (BS, magna cum laude) and Boston University (MS). He worked in Washington, DC for almost 16 years providing administrative and legislative duties for members of the U.S. Congress, coordinating an international human rights initiative, and working as a public affairs consultant.
He returned to Beaufort in 1989. Keyserling served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives where he was Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy, and served as Chairman of the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation. After deciding against seeking a third term in the legislature, Keyserling was elected to Beaufort City Council in 2000 and served one term. He became Mayor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Keyserling serves on the boards of the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Humanities Council.