An unlikely name will appear atop the program this year at a high-profile Iowa Democratic event, the Jefferson Jackson Dinner: Sen. Chuck Schumer.

Schumer, D-N.Y., will deliver the keynote address at the dinner in November, event organizers announced Thursday.

The dinner is usually a buzzy booking for potential presidential candidates: Vice President Joe Biden, President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have all spoken there in the past. Obama's appearance in 2007 was particularly notable for helping launch his meteoric rise in the Democratic primary contest in Iowa.

Schumer, for his part, is not rumored to be seeking the presidency in 2016, but his name is often mentioned as a potential successor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.