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Jerry Brown spends first nights in historic mansion

Video: Jerry Brown, corgis, ready to live in renovated governor's mansion

Ronald Reagan was the last California governor to inhabit the historic building in downtown Sacramento.
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Ronald Reagan was the last California governor to inhabit the historic building in downtown Sacramento.

First came the moving van, then the corgi sightings at the historic Governor’s Mansion in downtown Sacramento.

Gov. Jerry Brown, it would appear, has moved in.

The Governor’s Office said Wednesday that Brown’s move to the mansion is “still ongoing” but that he spent his first nights there after returning from the United Nations climate summit outside of Paris last week.

Brown, who chose an apartment over mansion life when he was governor before, announced this fall that he planned to move into the mansion following a monthslong renovation of the residence.

Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, are giving up their rented loft in downtown Sacramento.

Before Brown, the mansion had not housed a governor since Ronald Reagan in 1967. It was purchased by the state in 1903.

For years, California had been one of only a handful of states without a permanent governor’s residence. The building’s renovation – for which the state authorized about $4.1 million – was paid for by proceeds from the sale of a Carmichael mansion that was built for Reagan, who left office before he could move in.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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