(CNN) – The speakers in both state houses of Iowa and New Hampshire are expected to hand former House Speaker Newt Gingrich their endorsements in the critical early presidential nominating states.
Gingrich is scheduled to travel cross-country Wednesday in order to attend both announcements.
Iowa Speaker of the House Kraig Paulsen will endorse Gingrich in Des Moines at the Iowa State Capitol early in the day. Iowa holds the first-in-the-nation caucus on Jan. 3.
New Hampshire’s Speaker of the House Bill O'Brien will back Gingrich in a joint announcement with the former House speaker in Manchester Wednesday afternoon. New Hampshire will host the nation's first primary to select a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Jan. 10.
CNN's Rachel Streitfeld and Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.