PO Box 15234 Chesapeake, VA 23328

Meet Baxter

Baxter Ennis has a diverse background in military, academia, publishing, and community involvement.

He served 21 years in the United States Army retiring as a lieutenant colonel.  He directed the public relations effort for the US. Army’s most media intensive division, the 82nd Airborne Division, deploying on the first aircraft during the First Gulf War – Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also participated in a combat parachute jump with the division during the Panama Invasion.  During these two high-profile deployments, he worked with almost every major television and radio network, as well as most leading newspaper wire services and major dailies in the world.

After the military, Ennis lead the public relations department for a major university where he directed the popular annual Clash of the Titans and launched the Executive Leadership Series monthly luncheons. He later started his own newspaper. He currently serves on the Chesapeake Hospital Authority.  He has served as president of the Chesapeake Rotary Club, the Virginia Beach Forum, and is currently President of the Hampton Roads Leadership Prayer Breakfast. He also served on the Mayors Commission on Veterans Affairs.  He is active with his church having served in several leadership positions.

In 2018 he published “When Leadership Mattered:  Inspiring Stories of 12 People Who Changed the World.”  In his book Ennis writes “Great leaders can be found anywhere, from the battlefield to the boardroom to a basketball court.  The leaders in this book refused to bow to the tyranny of the status quo, and with tenacity, boldness and an unshakeable sense of the rightness of their cause, challenged the inevitable.”  The book is available on Amazon.com and Kindle.

He and his wife, Glenda live in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have three wonderful adult children and four awesome grandchildren.


I'm your candidate

Hello, I’m Baxter Ennis, and I am a candidate for Chesapeake City Council because I believe leadership matters.

I’ve been a student of history and leadership my whole life. That passion began long before I served in the U.S. Army for nearly 21 years and has endured at least another 20 years as I lent my service to the private sector as a civilian.

I have worked in education, publishing, and media management, and I’ve been active in civic clubs and professional, philanthropic social networks.

I believe my background, experience and dedication to our community makes me qualified to serve as one of your Chesapeake City Council members.

I hope I can count on your vote on November 8. If elected, it will be my honor to serve all the citizens of Chesapeake.