Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer will be the keynote speaker at the Virginia Democrats’ annual, black-tie Jefferson-Jackson dinner next month.

You may remember Schweitzer, the former head of the Democratic Governors Association, from his memorable and lively speech at the 2008 Democratic convention.

About 1,500 activists from across the state are expected to attend the dinner Feb. 11 — the party’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Several congressional lawmakers are are expected to be there, according to party officials.U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, Senate candidate Tim Kaine and U.S. Reps. Jim Moran, Bobby Scott and Gerry Connolly.

“Governor Schweitzer is one of the most successful governors in the country and one of the most exciting and engaging public speakers in our party,’’ said Brian Moran, chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia. “Don't miss your chance to hear from him and all of our outstanding Virginia Democratic leaders, and to spend an evening with more than 1,000 fellow Democrats from all over the commonwealth.”