“I am committed to working with the SBA List and all Americans to defend the dignity of every human life and protect the freedom of conscience and religion. Elected leaders must fight in behalf of society’s most vulnerable, and I thank the SBA List for providing a voice for the voiceless," he said.

Following GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's failed bid, Ryan has maintained high popularity and a prominent public profile, and is considered a potential 2016 presidential contender.

Keynoting the gala should continue to stoke speculation surrounding a future run, as it's been a stop on the career paths of many future Republican presidential nominees, including former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.) and former Sen. Fred Thompson (Tenn.).