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Don J. Wright
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United States Ambassador to Tanzania
In office
August 2, 2020 – January 11, 2023
President Donald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded by Mark B. Childress
Succeeded by Michael Battle
Acting United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
September 29, 2017 – October 10, 2017
President Donald Trump
Deputy Eric Hargan
Preceded by Tom Price
Succeeded by Eric Hargan (Acting)
United States Assistant Secretary for Health
In office
February 10, 2017 – February 15, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Karen DeSalvo (acting)
Succeeded by Brett Giroir
In office
September 4, 2007 – March 28, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by John O. Agwunobi
Succeeded by Joxel García
Personal details
Donald John Wright
Nationality American
Alma mater
  • Physician
  • government official
  • diplomat

Donald John Wright is an American physician, government official, and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Tanzania between 2020 and 2023.

Wright served as Acting United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for twelve days in 2017. He was designated by President Donald Trump after his predecessor, Tom Price, resigned on September 29, 2017, amid a charter-flight scandal. Wright was replaced as acting secretary by newly confirmed Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan on October 10, 2017.


Wright received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his family medicine residency training at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to his medical degree, he holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.


After completing his residency, Wright worked for 15 years in the private sector, maintaining an extensive clinical and consulting practice in Central Texas.

From 2003 to 2007, Wright was Director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Wright started at HHS in 2007, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. In 2009, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Care Quality, and in 2012, he was named Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He continued in those positions after being replaced as acting Secretary of HHS.

In October 2019, Wright was nominated to be the next United States Ambassador to Tanzania. He appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in December, received committee approval in January 2020, and was confirmed by voice vote of the full Senate on February 11, 2020. Wright was sworn in on April 2, 2020, but did not present his credentials to President John Pombe Magufuli in Dar es Salaam until August 2, 2020.

See also

  • List of current ambassadors of the United States
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