Washington (CNN) - Add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to the growing roster of possible 2012 GOP presidential contenders attending this year's Southern Republican Leadership Conference in April. Jindal won't have to travel far, as the conference is being held in New Orleans.
"SRLC will be a tremendous opportunity to highlight our state's incredible economic momentum," said Jindal in a statement released Thursday morning by the conference.
"Governor Jindal has been a tremendous leader for the state of Louisiana," said SRLC Director Charlie Davis. "His bold reforms and extraordinary vision have made him one of the GOP's rising stars."
SRLC is a major gathering of Republican officials and activists from 14 southern states. The event is held every two to four years and a presidential straw poll is usually conducted.
Other possible Republican White House hopefuls attending this year's conference are Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report
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