Judge Baumgartner, Cedar Rapids, served as a judicial magistrate in Johnson County from 1981-1983 and was appointed to the bench as a district associate judge in Linn County in 1995. In 2006 she was appointed as a district court judge. Judge Baumgartner retired from the district court bench in December 2014 and is currently serving as a senior judge with the Sixth Judicial District. She earned her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1975 and her law degree from the University of Iowa in 1979. After graduation, she worked in private practice and then served as a public defender before her appointment to the bench. She is a member of the Linn County and Iowa State Bar Associations, the National Association of Women Judges, and a founding and current member of the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. She is a current member of the Iowa Judges Association and one of its past presidents. She has also served on various committees in the Judicial Branch.