Nevada Brothel Owner, Dennis Hof, Wins State Assembly Seat Three Weeks After His Death

Published November 7, 2018
Updated April 22, 2023

Hof's posthumous victory apparently comes as no surprise to his campaign manager.

Dennis Hof Election Banner

DennisHof.comDennis Hof’s election banner for Nevada’s 36th District State Assembly seat.

Dennis Hof, the outspoken brothel proprietor from Nevada, has won his election bid for a state assembly seat in the state’s 36th Assembly District despite the fact that he’s been dead for about three weeks.

Hof beat out his Democratic opponent, educator Lesia Romanov, on November 6 during the 2018 midterm elections by more than 7,000 votes. In lieu of state law, county officials will appoint a fellow Republican who also resides in the district to take Hof’s seat.

Dennis Hof passed away on October 16 at the age of 72 after his body was found unresponsive at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada. Hof was reportedly celebrating his birthday the night before his death, which he spent with friends like porn star Ron Jeremy.

Hof’s unexpected death occurred within three weeks of the November 6 election day which made it too late for him to be removed from the ballot.

Nevada is the only state in the U.S. that allows for the legal operation of brothels and Dennis Hof was the owner of five of the 21 that are currently open in the state, as well as one strip club.

Dennis Hof

WireImage/New York PostDennis Hof.

The Love Ranch brothel where Hof died was one of the five that he owned and is also the brothel that made headlines when Lamar Odom, former NBA star and Khloé Kardashian’s ex-husband, was found unconscious with a lethal cocktail of drugs and alcohol in his system.

Hof’s victory apparently comes as no surprise to his former campaign staff.

His campaign manager, Chuck Muth, remained confident that he would still win the election because Assembly District 36 covers three largely rural counties where the population leans more Republican than Democrat.

“I feel very comfortable predicting that he is still going to win the election on Nov. 6,” Muth said on Oct. 17. “There are a lot of Republicans who were uncomfortable voting for Dennis because of the nature of his business and they now know that he is not the one who will be serving.”

Dennis Hof Love Ranch

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSigns for Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch Las Vegas brothel.

Muth continued to explain that his district’s electorate would feel more comfortable voting for a Republican — albeit deceased — candidate, knowing that the State Assembly seat would remain in GOP hands.

“They will feel much more comfortable casting the ballot for him knowing there will be another Republican to replace him,” Muth added.

Indeed, Muth’s inclinations proved correct.

The election committee made sure that all voters were aware of Hof’s death by posting signs around polling sites:

“Please note that the name of the deceased is on the ballot and must remain on the ballot.”

But Republican voters in Nevada’s 36th District wanted badly enough to keep their State Assembly Seat red that they supported a deceased candidate anyway.

Next up, learn about the surprising history of prostitution around the world. After that, check out why the mayor of Amsterdam has intended to open up a brothel run by prostitutes.

Bernadette Deron
Bernadette Deron is a digital media producer and writer from New York City who holds a Master's in publishing from New York University. Her work has appeared in Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and Insider.
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Deron, Bernadette. "Nevada Brothel Owner, Dennis Hof, Wins State Assembly Seat Three Weeks After His Death.", November 7, 2018, Accessed April 20, 2024.