×

Dead Brothel Owner Wins Nevada Legislative Seat

Dennis Hof, the Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died in October, won the election for the state’s 36th Assembly District on Tuesday, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office said.

Hof, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Lesia Romanov by more than 7,000 votes. He was favored to win a seat in the state assembly after unseating a three-term incumbent during a June primary.

He was found dead Oct. 16 by an employee at the brothel he owned. According to state law, county officials must now appoint another Republican who also resides in the district to take Hof’s seat. The 36th Assembly District is situated in the south portion of Nevada, and includes portions of Nye, Lincoln, and Clark counties.

Hof, 72, had gained fame for appearing in HBO’s “Cathouse,” a reality series about his business. The Love Ranch brothel that Hof owned became notorious as the place where former Laker Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015.

Hof ran for office in 2016 as a Libertarian but lost, and this year he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and anti-tax-increase advocate Grover Norquist.

The legal pimp had also been accused of sexual assault on at least four occasions. The Nevada Department of Public Safety had said it was investigating an allegation from September but has released few details. Hof had denied the claims.

More Politics

  • Donald Trump

    Mueller's Office Disputes BuzzFeed's Bombshell Report on Trump

    WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s spokesman issued a rare statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report that President Donald Trump directed his then-attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this [...]

  • Nancy Pelosi Donald Trump

    Government Shutdown Turns Into a Battle for Attention in D.C.

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign blasted out a new promotion on Friday: Send a brick to either House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer by midnight. “Since Chuck and Nancy keep stonewalling the President, we’ll send the wall to them, brick by brick, until they agree to secure the border!” [...]

  • Women's March rallyWomen's March rally, New

    Celebrity Speakers Expected at Women's March, Despite Controversies

    Much of the media attention on this year’s Women’s March has focused on discord: Allegations that some of its leaders made anti-Semitic remarks, the association of one of its co-founders with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and the decision by a number of high profile politicians not to attend. While those controversies have overshadowed [...]

  • US President Donald J. Trump speaks

    Democrats Vow to Investigate Latest Trump Russia Bombshell

    WASHINGTON — Washington woke up on Friday to the prospect that the Russia investigation has gone to another level, with BuzzFeed‘s report that President Donald Trump instructed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The article, citing two federal law enforcement sources, was one [...]

  • Donald Trump

    Trump Cancels Pelosi's Trip in Response to Her Call to Delay State of the Union

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was canceling an overseas trip she planned to take aboard a government aircraft this weekend, responding to a letter in which she suggested that they postpone the State of Union address until the shutdown ends. Pelosi was set to travel to Brussels, Egypt, [...]

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

    Kirsten Gillibrand Kicks Off Her Campaign and Plans L.A. Visit Next Week

    WASHINGTON — Fresh off announcing on “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” that she is entering the 2020 presidential race, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has been taking the traditional next step in the process: Contacting potential donors. Sources said Gillibrand is planning a visit to Los Angeles on Jan. 22, next Tuesday, to meet with potential [...]

  • Nancy Pelosi Swearing In

    Nancy Pelosi Suggests to Trump That State of the Union Be Delayed

    WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is suggesting to President Donald Trump that his planned State of the Union address, scheduled for Jan. 29, be delayed or that it be delivered in writing. Pelosi cited the government shutdown and the fact that the two agencies tasked with security and planning, the Secret Service and the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content