The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he was wearing underneath over his head, saying "just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum."
Rush was interrupted by the presiding officer, Mississippi Republican Gregg Harper, who reminded him that the wearing of hats was not allowed and "members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor."
On Tuesday the 17-year-old Martin's parents spoke on Capitol Hill at a Democratic-sponsored panel on racial profiling.
Rush founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers in 1968 and served six months in prison for illegal possession of weapons when he was in his 20s. He went on to get a political science degree from Chicago's Roosevelt University, won a seat on Chicago's city council in 1983 and was elected to Congress from Chicago's South Side in 1992. In 2000 he defeated Barack Obama, then a state senator, in a primary battle for Rush's seat.
Rush lost a son to a shooting in 1999 and has been an advocate for victims of gun violence.
More Nation & World Headlines
Four Confederate flags left at MLK center, church in Atlanta Cincy police officer pleads not guilty in fatal shooting 3 hurt in emergency evacuation of Boeing MD-80 1:26 p.m. Will ‘Happy Birthday’ song be free to use soon? Cop indicted for murder in traffic-stop shooting Wing part a solid clue in hunt for missing Malaysian 777 1:01 p.m. Export-Import Bank excluded from highway bill House approves highway funding bill
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.