[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/01/art.santorum.gi.jpg caption ="Former Sen. Rick Santorum announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser."]Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Rick Santorum, who is seriously considering a bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Tuesday that he will visit Iowa next week to deliver two speeches and attend a fundraiser for a state Senate candidate.
It will be the Pennsylvania Republican's third visit in the past nine months to this important presidential proving ground.
"Each time I visit the Hawkeye state, I am struck by how concerned Iowans are about the state of our nation," said Santorum, who lost re-election in 2006. "They are fired up about the mid-term elections and engaged about what can be done to return our country back to the road of fiscal discipline and economic prosperity."
Santorum will be the keynote speaker at a Scott County Lincoln Club event on June 25 followed by fundraiser for Republican Sandy Greiner, who is running for state Senate. The next day, Santorum will address a lunch at the Iowa GOP convention.
Santorum has also visited South Carolina four times since December and recently made two stops in New Hampshire.