(CNN) - Three Florida legislators and former Tim Pawlenty backers endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday.
The former Massachusetts governor announced the support of Speaker Designate Will Weatherford and Reps. Chris Dorworth and Richard Corcoran in a statement that coincides with his visit to the Sunshine State.
"They are the current and future leaders of the Republican Party in Florida. As I visit the state and reach out to voters, I look forward to working with these leaders to fix our economy and bring jobs back to Florida," Romney said in the written announcement. "They share my pro-growth agenda and with their help, we can defeat President Obama in 2012."
Florida bucked national Republican Party rules last week by deciding to hold their primary on Jan. 31, a move designed to increase its importance in the presidential nominating process.
Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor, dropped out of the presidential race in August and rallied behind Romney shortly after his announcement.
Team Romney also announced the support of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard Wednesday.
Although Alabama does not hold an early nominating contest like Florida, Romney said he is looking forward to bringing his "plan for economic recover and job creation to Alabama and the country."