Builders Association of Minnesota Names Congressman Erik Paulsen a Defender of Housing

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Builders Association of Minnesota Names Congressman Erik Paulsen a Defender of Housing

Congressman Erik Paulsen (R, Minn.) will be honored on October 3, 2016 by the Builders Association of
Minnesota (BAM) with the Defender of Housing Award, acknowledging him as a
forward-thinking legislator who recognizes the significant role of housing within the U.S. economy.

“Congressman Paulsen understands the key national issues facing home builders and remodelers here in Minnesota,” said BAM President KC Chermak, a homebuilder in Plymouth, MN. “The unfortunate effect of too much legislation and regulation is that it drives up the cost of housing, making it more difficult for families to afford a home.”

“Home building is by its very nature a series of productive partnerships: between the homebuilder and his or
her client, trade contractor, banker or architect,” said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a homebuilder in
Bloomington, Ill. “The Defender of Housing Award honors another very important partnership: our ongoing work with
the lawmakers who, in many ways, create the blueprint for our businesses with
their votes on legislation that define how our industry operates.”

NAHB created the Defender of Housing Award on behalf of the more than 700 state and
local Home Builders Associations (HBAs) across the country that make up the NAHB Federation.
These HBAs chose their nominees, and a panel of NAHB elected leaders chose the finalists.

“No matter how an HBA chooses to present this award, each one represents a strong commitment to affordable housing, consumer choice and most importantly, the significant contribution
that home building makes to the economy,” Mr. Chermak said. “Homeownership is
the engine that drives this nation, and the Defender of Housing Award goes to
those men and women that enable more homes to be built.”

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