Donald Ensenat

Donald Burnham Ensenat (born February 4, 1946) is a retired American diplomat. Until his retirement in 2007, he served as United States Chief of Protocol at the United States Department of State.

Donald Burnham Ensenat
29th Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
June 6, 2001 – February 18, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byMary Mel French
Succeeded byNancy Brinker
United States Ambassador to Brunei
In office
August 11, 1992 – June 13, 1993
PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded byChristopher H. Phillips
Succeeded byTheresa Anne Tull
Personal details
Born (1946-02-04) February 4, 1946 (age 74)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materYale University (BA)
Tulane University (JD)


Ensenat is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Yale University, and the Tulane University Law School. As an undergraduate, he was a roommate of George W. Bush at Yale College. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ensenat served as a military reservist.


Ensenat is a lawyer, and formerly served as Ambassador to Brunei.

External linksEdit

  • Office of the Chief of Protocol Website
  • Photo
  • "Ambassador Donald Burnham Ensenat". White House.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Christopher H. Phillips
United States Ambassador to Brunei
Succeeded by
Theresa Anne Tull