Deceased Pimp, Brothel Owner Wins Nevada Legislative Seat

Dennis Hof and date at a White House Correspondents Dinner after party in 2008 / Getty Images


Deceased pimp and brothel owner Dennis Hof won his election for a Nevada Legislature seat on Tuesday.

Hof passed away in October at the age of 72. The cause of death is still undetermined.

The Nevada Republican defeated Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov in Assembly District 36. President Donald Trump won the district in 2016 with 68 percent support. When Hof won his primary back in June, he credited Trump as paving the way for him to seek elected office.

"It's all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me," Hof told the Associated Press. "He found the way, and I jumped on it."

The brothel owner promoted himself as "The Trump of Pahrump" and wrote a book titled The Art of the Pimp which imitates Trump's book Art of the Deal.

Hof was most known for the HBO reality series "Cathouse," which followed the lives of his workers at the Moonlite BunnyRanch, one of his brothels. Prostitution is legal in Nye and Lyon Counties, where Hof operated his brothel operated.

Throughout his life, Hof wasn't a stranger to politics. He endorsed libertarian Republican Ron Paul for president in 2008 and 2012. After Obamacare was passed, Hof said his "working girls" were happy with the new law and said they were "hookers for Obama." In 2016, he launched a similar group in support of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, called "Hookers for Hillary."

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