(CNN) - Rick Santorum's headed to Iowa, some two years and nine months before the next Iowa caucuses.
The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition announced Tuesday that the former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential candidate will keynote its annual Spring Kickoff, which will be held April 15.
The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition is a leading social conservative group in the state that traditionally holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary season.
Santorum, once considered a long shot in the 2012 nomination hunt, narrowly came out on top in last year's Iowa caucuses, and battled eventual nominee Mitt Romney deep into the primary season. Santorum, known as a friend to social conservatives, is one of a more than a dozen Republicans who may be considering running for the White House in 2016.
"We are excited to inform you that Sen. Rick Santorum will be our keynote speaker. As you know, Sen. Santorum won the 2012 Iowa Precinct Caucuses and remains a popular figure here in Iowa and nationally! He is recognized as one of the nation's strongest and most unabashed leaders on behalf of the pro-life, pro-marriage agenda," said Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition President Steve Scheffler, in a statement on the group's website.
Santorum actually isn't the first possible 2016 Republican presidential hopeful to make a stop in Iowa since last November's presidential election. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida headlined a birthday fundraiser for Terry Branstad, the Hawkeye State's GOP governor, a few weeks after the election. Rubio aides downplayed any 2016 talk at the time, saying that Branstad ran into Rubio at the Republican convention in Florida last summer and asked him to headline the annual dinner.