Ambassador Sean P. Lawler was sworn in as Chief of Protocol of the United States, with rank of Ambassador, on December 1, 2017.
As the Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawler leads the Office of Protocol in its mission to advance the foreign policy of the Trump Administration by creating and fostering an environment for successful diplomacy. As the first hand that welcomes kings, queens, presidents, and prime ministers to the United States, Ambassador Lawler serves on the front lines of diplomatic engagement, building bridges and fostering understanding between peoples and governments.
Ambassador Lawler’s professional career encompasses nearly three decades of government service. Most recently, he served as the Director for Visits, Planning, and Diplomatic Affairs at National Security Council, and prior to that served as the Chief of the Office of Visits and Protocol at the U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland. A veteran with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Ambassador Lawler completed his military service as the Director of Administration at the Naval Support Facility Thurmont (Camp David) in Thurmont, Maryland. Earlier, he was the Administrative Department Leading Chief Petty Officer and Ship’s Secretary on USS JOHN C. STENNIS, as well as an Executive Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe.
Ambassador Lawler was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois and currently resides in Maryland.