Nevada's new congressman Dennis Hof is a brothel owner - and he's dead

Dennis Hof and Ron Jeremy. Credit PA

Despite the paradoxical outcome, there are procedures in place to ensure that when Hof's posthumous victory is confirmed, local county commissioners may appoint another Republican to fill his seat.

According to the Associated Press, Hoff then beat Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on November 6 in the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District.

Hof's campaign manager, Chuck Muth, tweeted: "I just confirmed with Nye County sheriff's deputy that Dennis Hof passed away this morning".

Hof, 72, was found dead on October 16 by adult film star Ron Jeremy after a weekend of parties celebrating Hof's birthday.

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

A dead Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star won a seat in the state legislature on Tuesday less than a month after dying.

Besides his notoriety as a brothel owner, Hof wrote a book called "The Art of the Pimp" and was seen on the HBO adult reality show "Cathouse", which followed the lives of brothel workers.

Former NBA star Lamar Odom was once famously found unconscious at Love Ranch after a four-day stay.

The district is heavily rural, containing large desert areas in the southern region of Nevada.

He ran for office in 2016 as a Libertarian but lost.

He was a supporter of President Donald Trump and his campaign netted endorsements from high-profile political figures like Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist and fringe right fixture Roger Stone. They're banned in counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno, and the state does not publicize how many are open. This summer, he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a primary election, celebrating at an election night party with "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. The state doesn't publicize how many are open, and most owners keep a much lower profile than Hof did.

He said an anti-brothel push and regulatory problems he faced this year needed political retribution.

Muth said Hof had apparently 'died quietly in his sleep'.

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