Meet Billy K.

Billy Keyserling
Photo : Paul Nurnberg

William Keyserling (my late grandfather, after whom I was named) arrived in Beaufort as a teenager escaping Tsarist Russia in 1888. Little did he know when he set foot in this community that he would become a successful farmer and business and community leader, that his son Leon would become Chairman of President Truman’s Council of Economic Advisors or that my dad Herbert would be a tireless advocate for those who could not afford health care? And I am sure he would be surprised and pleased to know that my mother, Harriet, a transplanted New Yorker, would be the first woman to serve on Beaufort County Council and the first woman elected to represent Beaufort in the S.C. House of Representatives.


Over the past 20 or so years, since I returned to Beaufort, I have followed my family tradition by serving as a State Legislator, a Member of City Council and leader in civic and business organizations.


I was fortunate to grow up in this wonderful community and being Mayor gives me the opportunity to give back to the City I care so deeply about, using the many skills I have acquired and contacts I’ve made throughout my varied career inside and outside of public service.


While sometimes there are time constraints, I try to be available to talk with citizens, share my thoughts and hear theirs. That is the purpose of this website. Note the blog section in which I share thoughts about current issues and provide an opportunity for readers to add comments.


Please never hesitate to share directly with me at or post your thoughts on specific issues as outlined.


Thank you for your support.


With warmest wishes,