Dead brothel owner Hof wins race for Nevada State Assembly

Dead brothel owner Hof wins race for Nevada State Assembly

Kerry Wise
November 8, 2018

Under Nevada law, Republican county officials will appoint someone to serve the term in the Assembly to which Hof was elected.

Hof, who died last month at his Love Ranch cathouse, garnered more votes than his Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov, according to the Nevada Independent.

Officials are still waiting to determine Hof's cause of death.

Hof was running for a seat in the Nevada state assembly as a pro-Trump Republican.

Around 20 brothels operate in Nevada - the only U.S. state where prostitution is legal.

Freakish though it may seem, Dennis Hof - who, as it happens, is also the owner of one of Nevada's most famous brothels - still won enough votes to be elected to the state legislature despite having been found dead on October 16.

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The brothel where his body was found is where National Basketball Association player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015.

About 20 brothels operate in Nevada, mostly in rural areas.

Bonus link: ReasonTV interviewed Hof back in 2014 on prostitution, libertarianism, and more.

This year, he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist. This summer, he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a primary election, celebrating at an election night party with "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. They're banned in the counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno. As a result, Nevada Republicans encouraged people to vote for him anyway.

When Hof died, it was already too late to remove his name from the ballot, and ballots had already been printed and mailed.

Hof, the self-described "Trump of Pahrump", was accused of rape and sexual assault by two of his former employees, according to the Review-Journal, citing a police report and interviews with the women. The 36th Assembly District is situated in the south portion of Nevada, and includes portions of Nye, Lincoln, and Clark counties.