Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSenate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Week ahead: AT&T-Time Warner merger under scrutiny MORE (R-Texas) will headline the South Carolina Republican Party's Silver Elephant Dinner in Columbia in May.
Cruz's trip to South Carolina, a coveted presidential primary state, will likely spark speculation that he is toying with the idea of running for president in 2016.
The junior senator from Texas has only been in Congress a few months, but he's already caught national attention as a conservative firebrand.
Cruz's trip comes as other possible 2016 presidential contenders line up speaking events. Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonFree speech is a right, not a political weapon Racism: The Left's last refuge Sharpton pressures Dems on Trump nominees MORE (D) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) both plan to deliver speeches on the same day in Dallas in late April.
—This story was updated at 8:41 a.m.