Today Governor Doug Burgum welcomed all the state’s past governors to the mansion.
He opened his home to give all the former residents and their families a chance to walk down memory lane. Regardless of political opinions, it was a chance for them all to appreciate, for one last time, something they all have in common: calling the Governor’s mansion home.
Along with all the memories made in years past, some even said tonight was a night they’d never forget.
Former Gov. Ed Schafer said with a laugh that he and his wife would come escape to the house after a long day. “We used to come over here and shut the curtains and get a pizza and watch tv or get a movie or whatever. And this was kind of where we got out of all the mess of life.”
John Hoeven: “We raised our kids here and we loved it. We loved the house, it worked great for us, and we particularly love this yard. It was such an amazing beautiful yard, big beautiful trees. Big hoot owl family that lived out in those trees. I remember Mikey was always worried that we had a cat that they’d swoop down and take the cat. So when she’d be gone, I’d put the cat out just to see- kidding they never did,” Hoeven said jokingly to his wife, Mikey.
They ended the night by taking a tour of the nearly finished governor’s mansion, which should be finished by early November.