POSTED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:36pm
New Hampshire (CNN) — (CNN) -- New Hampshire, site of the traditional first-in-the-nation presidential primary, will play host to Sen. Rand Paul in May, making the Kentucky Republican the first potential 2016 presidential hopeful to visit the Granite State.
Paul will headline the annual New Hampshire GOP Liberty Dinner May 20. His trip to the state will come a week and a half after a trip to Iowa - home of the first-in-the-nation caucus - where he'll deliver a keynote at the state GOP's Lincoln Day dinner.
"Senator Rand Paul has been a leader in the fight for smaller government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility in Washington. He has taken a strong and principled stand against intrusive government and fought to preserve our constitutional liberties and personal freedoms. I am honored that Senator Paul has agreed to address our party and I look forward to welcoming him to the Granite State," NH GOP Chairman Jennifer Horn wrote in a statement.
Paul garnered a fervent conservative response to his filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee to become CIA chief earlier this year, and won the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll last month.
While New Hampshire hasn't yet made it onto other potential candidates' itineraries, two other suspected Republican hopefuls will head to Iowa in the coming weeks. Rick Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who made a White House bid in 2012, will speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's spring meeting on April 15.
And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will headline the May 23 Polk County, Iowa Republican party fundraising dinner.
South Carolina, which hosts the first-in-the-South presidential primary, will be visited by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Vice President Joe Biden in the next month, and in March hosted Maryland's Gov. Martin O'Malley. All three are considered potential presidential contenders - Cruz for the Republican nomination, and Biden and O'Malley for the Democratic.
-- CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
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