Cam Henderson (diplomat)

Cam Henderson is an American diplomat who has served as Chief of Protocol of the United States since August 12, 2019.

Cam Henderson
U.S. Chief of Protocol Cam Henderson.jpg
Chief of Protocol of the United States
Assumed office
August 12, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded bySean Lawler
Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
± July 17, 2017 – ± March 1, 2019[A]
PresidentDonald Trump
Personal details
BornChattanooga, Tennessee
Political partyRepublican
EducationAmerican University

Early careerEdit

Henderson was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and graduated from American University. At the beginning of her career, she worked for President George W. Bush in the White House Presidential Personnel Office, on Bush's re-election campaign in 2004, and at the Republican National Committee.[3]

From 2010 to 2012, Henderson served as New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie's chief of staff and director of protocol. In 2013, she became the executive director of the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which was created by Christie's wife.[3]

Henderson went on to serve as former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's finance director during his presidential campaign in 2016. Christie lost the campaign to Donald Trump, who won the election. After Trump's inauguration, she joined his administration as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Presidential Personnel Office.[3]

Chief of ProtocolEdit

Henderson joined the U.S. State Department in mid-2017 as Deputy Chief of Protocol under Sean Lawler. On June 24, 2019, Lawler was suspended indefinitely as a result of an investigation into his conduct, and Mary-Kate Fisher took over as Acting Chief of Protocol.[4]

On August 12, 2019, Henderson took office as Chief of Protocol of the United States.[3] As part of her work, Henderson leads the Office of Protocol at the U.S. State Department to welcome visiting dignitaries to the United States. She also travels with the president to facilitate foreign trips.


  1. ^ Team, Meridian International Center. "Social Secretaries Reception at Meridian with Rickie Niceta – July 17, 2017, Photos by Ralph Alswang | Meridian International Center".
  2. ^ "Du Plain Global Enterprises, Inc".
  3. ^ a b c d "Mary-Kate Fisher Biography".
  4. ^ "Trump's chief of protocol pulled off the job ahead of G-20". CNBC. June 26, 2019.
  1. ^ The exact dates are unknown. Her earliest mention as Deputy Chief of Protocol was on July 17, 2017[1] and the most recent one was on March 1, 2019.[2]
Political offices
Preceded by
Mary-Kate Fisher
Chief of Protocol of the United States