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Mississippi builder takes NAHB reins

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Mississippi builder Bobby Rayburn was elected on Wednesday as 2004 president of the 220,000-member National Association of Home Builders during the association's 60th annual International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Rayburn, president of Rayburn and Associates in Jackson, has built more than 3,000 homes and apartments throughout Mississippi during his 30-year career, according to a company statement. He is a past president of the Home Builders Association of Greater Hattiesburg and of the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. He was named Builder of the Year by the Hattiesburg Home Builders Association in 1979. Despite record high home ownership rates and housing's strong performance in recent years, Rayburn pointed out that the job of housing the nation's working families is far from complete. "Millions of families cannot afford to live in the communities where they work," Rayburn said. "I will dedicate my presidency to helping those working families who struggle to find ...