Fresh off of his spotlight-grabbing role in the 16-day government shutdown, Sen. Ted Cruz will return to Iowa this weekend — an early-primary-state trip sure to stoke further speculation about whether Cruz will seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.

Cruz, R-Texas, will join Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in Le Mars, Iowa, on Saturday at an event benefitting King's congressional campaign. King and Cruz worked together closely during the congressional budget impasse, when Cruz met and coordinated regularly with a group of the most conservative House Republicans, including King, to push for the defunding of Obamacare.

While in Iowa, Cruz will also headline the Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner on Friday in Des Moines.

Cruz has already visited Iowa several times this year and created a joint fundraising committee — both indicators that the freshman senator and Tea Party favorite is considering a presidential bid. He already raised more than $1 million during the third-quarter congressional budget impasse.