(CNN) - The former spokesman for Tim Pawlenty will soon become Sen. Marco Rubio's press secretary.
Alex Conant, who worked for the former Republican presidential candidate until he dropped out of the race last month, will start in the first term Florida senator's office in October.
"I've admired Sen. Rubio's principled leadership since he started running for Senate and am excited to join his team," Conant told CNN. "And of course, I'm looking forward to trading in Minnesota winters for Florida sun."
In a statement Rubio said Conant will be a "great asset" to his team in the Senate as they work to "create jobs, tackle the debt and keep America safe."
The move will do little to quell talk of Rubio as a potential GOP vice presidential candidate in 2012, suggestions Rubio has repeatedly shot down.
Before his time tenure with Pawlenty, Conant worked for GOP Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and as a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.