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Donald Ensenat -- Department of State
Chief of Protocol

Ambassador Donald Burnham Ensenat was sworn in as Chief of Protocol on June 6, 2001. Ambassador Ensenat was born and raised in New Orleans. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1968 and his law degree from Tulane University in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974. In addition to an active international and maritime law practice in New Orleans since 1974, he has served in the U.S. Government on five previous tours. He was Legislative Assistant to Congressman Hale Boggs, the Majority Whip -- later Majority Leader -- of the U.S. House of Representatives (1969-70); first Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Lindy Boggs after election to her husband’s seat following his untimely death in an Alaska air crash (1973-74); and Assistant Attorney General of Louisiana in charge of federal court and Louisiana Supreme Court litigation (1975-80). In 1989, President George Bush appointed him, with Senate confirmation, to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on which he served until 1992; from 1992 to 1993 he was U.S. Ambassador to Brunei, the wealthy sultanate in South East Asia that is a small but influential member of the South East Asian political grouping ASEAN, and of APEC, the economic forum of the Pacific Rim nations. Mr. Ensenat has also been active in his community. He is a past President and a past Chairman of the 2,200-member World Trade Center of New Orleans, the original of now over 300 World Trade Centers around the world. He has served on its Board of Directors since 1985 and on its Executive Committee since 1991. Other civic activities include the Council of American Ambassadors; the Asia Society; the Yale Alumni Association of Louisiana (President, 1985–1987; Chair, Yale Admissions Committee, 1988-2001). He has also served as an officer or board member of multiple professional, charitable, and political organizations, including in 2000 as Chair of President George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign in Louisiana.

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