The appointment was announced Monday.
Welborn had resigned his position as the presiding judge of the 36th District Court earlier to take a position as the district attorney in San Patricio County.
The 36th Judicial District covers Bee, San Patricio, Aransas, Live Oak and McMullen counties.
Bauer’s term on the bench will end after the next general election.
“Oh, yes, I’m excited,” Bauer said when asked if she plans to seek the office in 2014. “I’m a lifelong Republican,” Bauer said, and she plans to campaign as one.
Although Bauer has practiced mostly civil law in the last 10 years as part of the Bauer and Bauer law firm she started with her husband, attorney Boyd Bauer, she was involved in criminal cases for much of the first 10 years after moving to Beeville two decades ago.
“There’s nothing like jumping into the deep end,” Bauer said of the new experience. She will take the bench for the first time on March 18, when a jury selection is scheduled for a criminal trial.
The Bauers have been married 21 years, and they have three children.
Walker is a 19-year-old sophomore at Texas Christian University, Katie is a freshman at Episcopal High School in Alexendria, Va., and Jackson, 9, is in the fourth grade at the First Baptist Church School in Beeville.
A native of Midland, Bauer holds membership in the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Family Law Foundation.
Locally, she holds the position of president of the Beeville Chapter of Pan American Round Tables of Texas and is a member and past president of Beeville’s Chapter of Rotary International.
Bauer earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and is a member of the school’s alumni association.
She earned her law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Texas Senate.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.