Former U.S. Secretary of State
"Our party must champion policies and principles that make opportunity and the American dream more accessible for all. I believe electing Neel Kashkari as governor will bring to Sacramento the fresh perspective and bold reforms we need to accomplish that," Rice said in a statement.
"Neel's focus on uniting Californians around fiscally conservative economic principles is the right message to help us grow the Republican Party in California and across the nation," she said.
Rice, who served in President
Rice spoke at the California Republican Party's spring convention in March, leading many delegates to hope she would launch a bid to become governor. She has told party leaders that she is not interested in running for office.
Since leaving Washington, Rice has spent her time teaching, writing a book and serving on a committee that is overhauling the college football championship. Last year she became one of the first two women granted membership at Augusta National Golf Club.
She has issued a limited number of endorsements, including ones for
Rice is the latest in a string of high-profile Republicans to back Kashkari, joining Romney, former California Gov. Pete Wilson, former Florida Gov.