After Arson, Governor's Mansion Restoration is Complete

Four years after an arsonist nearly burned down the Texas Governor’s Mansion, Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, stood a few feet from its iconic front porch and announced Wednesday that a painstaking restoration of the 156-year-old structure is complete.

The governor flashed a broad smile when he walked up to the microphone on the hot July morning, telling reporters he had been looking forward to this day.

“I get to say the six words I’ve been waiting a very long time to say,” Perry said. “Welcome to the Texas Governor’s Mansion.”

Standing behind Perry were ...

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