Donald Ensenat

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Donald Ensenat
29th Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
June 6, 2001 – February 18, 2007
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Mel French
Succeeded by Nancy Brinker
Personal details
Political party Republican
Alma mater Tulane University Law School J.D.
Yale University B.A.

Donald B. 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.


Ensenat is a native of 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.

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