A native Beaufortonian, Billy Keyserling graduated from Brandeis University (BS, Magna Cum Laude) and Boston University (MS).
Prior to returning to Beaufort in 1989, Billy spent almost sixteen years working on and around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC: with administrative and legislative duties for members of the U.S. Congress, coordinating an international Human Rights initiative and as a public affairs consultant.
Keyserling served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives where he was Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy and Chairman of the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation. After deciding to not seek a third term, Keyserling was elected to City Council in 2000 and served one term.
Billy is a licensed Real Estate Broker in SC and GA and has his series 22 and 63 Securities Licenses under Welton Street Investments, LLC. His business focus is counseling clients on Tax Efficient Strategies for exiting highly appreciated real estate, Real Estate for Charity and Conservation Easements.
Billy Keyserling was first elected Mayor in November of 2008 and served until 2020.