James R. Rayburn

Jackson, Miss.

NAHB Past Chairmen and Presidents
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James R. Rayburn
James R. Rayburn

Year Served:
Inducted into Hall of Fame:
Hall of Fame Location:
2000s, III, 1, A

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Bobby Rayburn served as NAHB president in 2004. During his term, Rayburn focused on drawing attention to the affordability gap and plight of moderate-income workers, such as teachers, police officers, firefighters and others. A Jackson, Miss.-based home builder, Rayburn has built more than 3,300 affordably priced homes through public/private partnerships.

He co-authored the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development publication “Affordable Housing Development” and in 1988 served on the Governor’s Housing Task Force in Mississippi.

Rayburn has been recognized for his leadership of the Home Builders Association of Greater Hattiesburg, Miss., the Home Builders Association of Mississippi and the Home Builders Association of Jackson. In 1979, the Hattiesburg Home Builders Association named Rayburn its Builder of the Year. Rayburn was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 2011.