Donald Ensenat

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Donald Burnham 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
United States Ambassador to Brunei
In office
August 11, 1992 – June 13, 1993
President George H.W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded by Christopher H. Phillips
Succeeded by Theresa Anne Tull
Personal details
Born (1946-02-04) February 4, 1946 (age 71)
Political party Republican
Alma mater Tulane University Law School J.D.
Yale University B.A.

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.


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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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Christopher H. Phillips
United States Ambassador to Brunei
Succeeded by
Theresa Anne Tull